OSCE monitors report about 50 T-72 tanks outside Russian-occupied Donetsk
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported its monitors have seen up to 50 tanks in occupied areas outside the city of Donetsk seized by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR") in eastern Ukraine.
"Beyond the withdrawal lines but outside designated storage sites, in non‑government‑controlled areas, the SMM saw 45-50 tanks (T-72) parked in a fenced-in abandoned industrial compound south-west of Manuilivka (65km east of Donetsk)," the mission said in an update on October 31 based on information as of 19:30 on October 30.
Read alsoOSCE confirms six civilians injured in Donbas war in past weekThe SMM also said its monitors had revisited a "DPR" permanent storage site, whose location was beyond the respective withdrawal lines, and saw that eight tanks (three T-64 and five T-72) were again missing.
OSCE monitors also reported they had spotted 10 Ukrainian tanks outside the Russia-occupied city of Luhansk.
"In violation of the respective withdrawal lines, in government-controlled areas, the SMM saw ten tanks (T-64) being transported in a south-westerly direction on flat-bed trucks near Teple (31km north of Luhansk)," it said in the update.