Representatives of OSCE started verification of the alleged diversion of arms by the both sides: Ukrainian Armed Forces and Russian-backed militants in Luhansk, as stated Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug, UNN.
"Now we have begun the first part of a two-phased process of weapons withdrawal. Both sides, Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and Ukrainian Armed Forces, have given us basic information about the diversion. We have been monitoring the process, when two sides take away their tanks. SMM witnessed diversion of 30 battle tanks of the three areas on three routes in two storage sites in LPR. October 7, SMM observed the withdrawal of 15 tanks in the storage of the Ukrainian forces. Currently we are in the process of verification whether previously declared tanks are taken and whether they are in storage or not," he said.
"Some heavy weapons still remain in the security zone. We must understand that the removal of arms is a complex process and it is too early to make the clear and definitive conclusions and assessment on the arms withdrawal," highlighted Alexander Hug.
Recalling, October 5 a 41-day operation of weapons removal has been launched. Tanks T-64 and T-72, antitank gun D-48 and D-44, 85 mm mortars and 2B-82 of 9-millimeter caliber are to be pulled back from the contact line of the eastern Ukraine. The arms withdrawal will be launched in turn: first the sector "A", and then the other sectors (from east to west). 14 days are given for the removal of certain armament and armored vehicles from sector "A".