The illicit armed formations hold military exercise in occupied areas of Donbas. The Ukrainian side of the Joint Control and Coordination Center reports blatant violations committed by the militants, according to the OSCE SMMM report dated April 24 as the Joint Forces Operation HQ reported on Facebook.
On April 22, the OCE SMM long range unmanned aerial vehicle spotted 280 armament and hardware units of militants in the territory of occupied Donbas. The significant part of the armament of the mercenaries of the country-occupant was deployed with the violation of withdrawal line in the temporary occupied territories of Luhansk region. Totally, in 19 km south from Luhansk, in the territory of aerodrome not far from Peremozhny, the observers found six BM-21 Grad, 11 2S1 Gvozdika self-propeller howitzers; five MT-12 Rapira anti-tank guns and 15 howitzers and 12 units of 122mm D-30A and three 152mm howitzers 2A65 Msta-B. The same day, in Bile settlement, three 2S1 Gvozdika self-propeller howitzers were observed. Another 11 2S1 Gvozdika self-propeller howitzers and 12 D-30A were observed near firing range not far from Buhaivka. In temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk region, not far from Vuhlehirsk, three 122mm D-30A were spotted.
At the firing range near Buhaivka, according to the aerial survey, 87 armored combat vehicles were observed; five of them possess ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannons; 34 tanks; three 9K35 Strela-10 missile systems and three combat engineer vehicles were observed at the firing range near Myrne, 28 km from Luhansk.
23 tanks and BT-55 were observed by the Mission at the firing range near Kruhlyk settlement, near Luhansk and the OSCE SMM found 16 tanks, nine anti-missile and anti-aircraft systems and four 2B9 Vasilek gun mortars at the aerodrome not far from Peremozhny.
In such context, a particular concern is raised by sharp increase of a number of attacks on the settlements in the territory controlled by Ukraine and positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine; it is explained by the build-up of the armament and hardware of the troops of Russia in occupied Donbas. The deployment of BM-21 Grad near Debaltseve and approach to the contact line of the artillery system and mortars in combination with engineer equipment do not exclude the preparation of hostile forces to provocations and escalation of the conflict.
The Ukrainian side of the Joint Control and Coordination Center informs that in April 2021, the curators of the occupied Donbas deployed powerful information campaign on discrediting of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Fake videos and photos with demonstration of damaged buildings, apartment blocks, building around the houses and fences aim to convince locals in the ‘intensions’ of the Ukrainian side to start the military operation soon on the de-occupation of temporarily uncontrolled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
As we reported, on April 23, the OSCE SMM recorded 376 violations of the ceasefire in Donbas. In particular, 374 violations were recorded in the Donetsk direction.