Militants concentrate military equipment near Mariupol – OSCE

Source : 112 Ukraine

OSCE observers reported about tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and trucks near Komsomolske, 76km north-east of Mariupol, Donetsk region
08:41, 5 July 2015

Observers of Special Monitoring Mission noted concentrations of military hardware around Komsomolske, according to the latest OSCE SSM report.

Nine MBTs, four armoured track vehicles, 28 armoured personnel carriers and 60 trucks are observed in and around “DPR”-controlled Komsomolske.

As said by ATO press center, at the beginning of July, militants shelled 18 Ukrainian positions in the Mariupol area, which resulted into death of Ukrainian soldier. Shyrokino, Bogdanivka, an Mykolaivka were under attack. Militants used artillery, 82mm and 120mm mortars, “Grad P” installations, grenade-guns, and small arms.

Strengthening defense of the city of Mariupol started last year in the autumn. In late June, the head of the Donetsk regional military and civil administration Paul Zhebrivskyi reported that military fortifications naround Mariupol were 95% completed.

Recently, volunteers from Berdianske, near Mariupol, announced the evacuation of the local population, since attacks continue. “yesterday, July 3, the village had come under shelling; several houses, in which people still used to live, were destroyed. Families are without a roof over their head. Most of the people, who have lost the house, are erderly and disabeled”, said Galyna Odnoroha, local volunteer, to 0629. 

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