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30 military vehicles, 150 armed people in downtown Luhansk, - OSCE
20:56, 22 November 2017
30 military vehicles, 150 armed people in downtown Luhansk, - OSCE

The mission also states that TV and radio aren’t working in Luhansk

20:56, 22 November 2017

 AFP 

The OSCE SMM observers spotted some 30 military vehicles and 150 armed people in the city center of Luhansk on November 21, according to the mission’s report.

“Following media reports on the morning of 21 November involving senior “LPR” members, outside the former Ministry of Internal Affairs building at 38 Lunacharskoho Street in Luhansk city centre the SMM observed that a section of the said street was cordoned off and saw about 150 armed persons and about 30 vehicles, including about three to five armoured personnel carriers (APC) (BTR-variant), three military-type trucks and about two to three military-type vehicles, in the surrounding area,” the report says.

Related: Ukrainian Army on high alert, monitors situation in Luhansk

Moreover, there were no television and radio signals available in the hotels where the SMM is accommodated.

Citizens of Luhansk posted pictures of well-armed men without insignia in the downtown Luhansk. The ‘guests’ arrived and occupied the city centre so fast many locals did not even understand what was going on. Some even assumed these could be the disguised ‘Ukrainian troops’. They also posted photos of Russian tanks that came into the city the same day.

Later on, the OSCE observers reported spotting a column of military equipment first noticed near Debaltseve, Donetsk region, which was likely heading towards Luhansk.

Related: OSCE continues to note military equipment, armed men in Luhansk

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