OSCE observers spot army trucks moving in uncontrolled section of Ukraine-Russia border

Source : 112 Ukraine

The traffic to and from Russia is observed not far from the camps of Russia-backed militants
15:31, 10 August 2018


OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine reports active traffic of army trucks in the borderline area in militant-controlled Donbas. This was mentioned in the Mission's report released on Thursday, August 9.

The movement was observed in the areas where there are no border control checkpoints. 

An SMM drone 'spotted convoys of trucks entering and exiting Ukraine via a dirt track where there are no border crossing facilities in the middle of the night'. 'At 22:15 on 7 August, an SMM long-range UAV spotted a convoy of eight canvas-covered six-wheeled cargo trucks (five KamAZ-4310 and the rest undetermined) travelling east along a road near Chystiakove (non-government-controlled, 62km east of Donetsk). Near Manych (non-government-controlled, 76km east of Donetsk), approximately 3.5km before reaching Ukraine’s border with the Russian Federation, the convoy turned east onto a dirt track that leads across the border', the report says.

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Another convoy that consisted of a roadster and KamAZ trucks was spotted while moving on the same road, away from the Russian border and on to the west. Another two trucks joined the convoy later.

'On 7 August, the SMM for the first time observed what it assessed to be an improvised camp consisting of six armoured reconnaissance vehicles (BRDM variants) and 15 military-type trucks (two KamAZ variants, four Ural variants, two KrAZ variants, six ZIL variants and one of undetermined manufacture, all painted in shades of green), one bearing white-on-black licence plates with the prefix “DK” in Cyrillic letters, 2km east of Cheremshyne (non-government-controlled, 59km south-east of Luhansk). The vehicles were parked close to one another and camouflage netting was strung from one of them. About 1.6km east of the camp, there is an unguarded road crossing into the Russian Federation which is barricaded with a metal bar', the report reads on.

The Mission reiterated that the observers continue to monitor the process of weapons withdrawal from the areas, specified by Minsk agreement.

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