OSCE observers spot 40 tanks near occupied Donetsk

Source : 112 Ukraine

A lot of armored vehicles are not yet withdrawn from designated areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions
09:46, 13 September 2017

A drone of OSCE monitoring mission spotted 40 tanks not far from the militant-held Donetsk. This was mentioned in the mission’s report, released on September 12.

‘Beyond the withdrawal lines but outside designated storage sites, in an area outside of government control, an SMM mini unmanned aerial vehicle spotted 40 stationary tanks (type unknown) in a compound near Manuilivka (65km east of Donetsk). The SMM observed weapons that could not be verified as withdrawn, as their storage did not comply with the criteria set out in the 16 October 2015 notification from the SMM to the signatories of the Package of Measures on effective monitoring and verification of the withdrawal of heavy weapons,’ reads the report. 

Another 60 armored trucks were spotted near Kalmiuske village, Donetsk region, which is currently controlled by the Russian mercenaries; however, it also lies in the area designated for weaponry withdrawal.

Another OSCE drone spotted more armored vehicles in the occupied areas of Luhansk region. ‘In areas outside of government control, on 11 September, the SMM saw a stationary infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) (BMP-2) near Sentianivka (formerly Frunze, 44km west of Luhansk), an APC (BTR-70) travelling south near Michurine (61km south of Donetsk), a stationary APC (BRDM-2) near Sontseve (55km south-east of Donetsk) and a stationary APC (BTR-70) near Starolaspa (51km south of Donetsk)’, the message says.      

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