Russia's armed units and pro-Kremlin militants deployed Grads, the 122 mm multiple launch rocket systems near Kryshtaleve town in the occupied part of Luhansk region. The respective message appeared on the Facebook page of the Joint Forces Operation.
Earlier, on December 22, a drone of OSCE SMM spotted 22 Grads near the said town, which was recently renamed from Krasnyi Luch to Kryshtaleve.
'In their reports from November 17 and November 22, OSCE SMM team already marked the amassment of the Minsk-banned MLRS by the militants of the armed formations of the Russian Federation near this inhabited locality. Presence of 16 and 21 units of BM-21 Grad was observed, respectively', reads the message.
On the same day, the SMM observers noted that a number of self-propelled artilery systems, towed howitzers and four MLRS units disappeared from the designated place of storage in the occupied area in Luhansk region.
The Ukrainian side of the Joint Control and Coordination Centre reiterated that such impudent actions of the Russian occupant troops once again shows the stubborn unwillingness to abide by Minsk agreements, the blatant neglect of commitments taken upon themselves within the consultation of Minsk group, which concern the withdrawal of the heavy weaponry along the entire division line and interest in the further escalation of conflict in Donbas', reads the message.