OSCE reports presence of heavy weapons of militants in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Tanks, towed howitzers, artillery systems and mortars were discovered
19:16, 24 February 2018

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Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission documented the presence of heavy military equipment and armament of illegal armed formations outside the withdrawal territory, which violates the Minsk agreements. This is reported by the Joint Center for Control and Coordination, informs the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

"In particular, on February 22, 36 tanks (T-64) were found by observers of the SMM OSCE, located in the vicinity of the village of Kruglyk, and 5 units of towed howitzers (D-30) near the settlement of Yasne. 10 units of tanks were found on the territory of the secondary school along B. Khmelnitsky Street in Donetsk, and artillery systems and mortars of different caliber on the north-eastern outskirts of the settlement of Kalynivka, "the report said.

It is underlined that this fact testifies to the neglect of the requirements of international law prohibiting the placement of heavy weapons and equipment in populated areas, as well as the systematic violation of the reached agreements on the removal of fire destruction weapons from the contact line of the parties in accordance.

Earlier, the deputy head of the OSCE SMM, Alexander Hug, stated that servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and representatives of illegal armed groups continue to move towards each other. He also pointed out the fact that both sides have long been keeping weapons in prohibited places.

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