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Donbas militants accumulate heavy weapons, - OSCE SMM

A new weapon observed present for the first time in Donbas conflict zone
15:47, 20 November 2018

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The illegal armed formations in Donbas continue to accumulate the weapons and hardware, including BM-21 "Grad" as the press service of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) reported on Facebook.

On November 19, the OSCE SMM report has been published; it states that 21 multiple rocket launchers BM-21 "Grad," four self-propelled howitzers 2S1 Gvozdika were spotted not far from Khrustalny, and four towed howitzers D-30 were spotted near Bile.

Related: Militants perform 21 attacks in Donbas combat zone

"Heavy weapons permanent storage sites in non-government-controlled areas of Luhansk region (17 November): 13 MLRS (BM-21), 17 towed howitzers (16 D-30 and one 2A65 Msta-B, 152mm), and 14 self-propelled howitzers (2S1) remained missing. New weapons observed present for the first time. Permanent storage site in non-government-controlled areas of Luhansk region (18 November): Five tanks (four T-64 and one T-72) remained missing. A new weapon observed present for the first time," reads the message.

Related: Donbas militants violate ceasefire ten times, two Ukrainian servicemen injured

The Ukrainian side of the Joint Center of Control and Coordination notes that such rash actions of the Russian and occupation forces show the strong reluctance to observe the Minsk Agreements one more time as well as the interest in the further escalation of Donbas conflict.

As we reported OSCE SMM spotted several people armed to the teeth stood next to 'polling stations' in occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the day of so-called 'elections.'

Related: Council of European Union ready to introduce sanctions against “elections” in occupied Donbas

Earlier, on November 2, OSCE SMM drone disappeared during the flight over the occupied territories of Donetsk region. German and French foreign ministries considered Russia and pro-Kremlin militants to be responsible for the downing of the UAV. The statement of the German MFA reads that the flight of the UAV was hampered by radio-electronic interference, as the drone detected an anti-aircraft installation near the border right before the signal was lost.

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