OSCE monitors spot 10 Grad launchers in uncontrolled areas in Donbas
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported that 10 Grad multiple rocket launchers, which are banned by the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas, were spotted in areas currently not controlled by the Ukrainian government in the east of the country.
"In areas currently not controlled by the Government, the Mission saw one stationary tank (type undetermined) in north-western Verkhnoshyrokivske, one towed howitzer (D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm) in Stepove (27km west of Luhansk) and ten multiple-launch rocket systems (BM-21 Grad, 122mm) near Khrustalnyi (formerly Krasnyi Luch, 56km south-west of Luhansk)," the OSCE SMM said in an update based on information received as of 19:30 local time on March 14, 2017.
Read alsoFighting "non-stop": Def. Ministry on escalation in DonbasIn government-controlled areas the SMM saw one stationary towed howitzer (2A36 Giatsint-B, 152mm) about 2km north-east of Vyskryva (76km west of Luhansk) on March 12 (the same weapon was spotted by an SMM middle-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on March 14), one stationary anti-tank guided-missile system (9M113 Konkurs, 135mm) 2km east of Novotoshkivske (53km west of Luhansk) on March 13, and two stationary towed howitzers (2A65 Msta-B, 152mm) near Pryvilne (31km north of Mariupol) on March 14.
As the Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters reported earlier, the industrial zone of the Ukrainian-controlled town of Avdiyivka in the Donetsk sector regularly comes under Grad barrages.