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Russian-backed mitants bring tanks, artillery to occupied Donetsk due to elections

Elections in occupied Donbas are scheduled for November 11
15:51, 7 November 2018

Gvozdika, 122 mm artillery systems
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Before holding elections in occupied Donbas, the pro-Russian militants bring tanks and artillery to Donetsk as the press service of the Joint Forces Operation reported citing the OSCE information.

"Thus, on November 3, 2018, in Donetsk, the drone of the OSCE SMM spotted 27 T-72 tanks, two 122-mm self-propelled howitzers 2S1 "Gvozdika," one 152-mm self-propelled howitzer  2S19 "Msta-S," 32 units of the infantry fighting vehicles and six armoured personnel carriers," the message said.

Related: Election in Donbas to fill “power vacuum” after Zakharchenko’s murder, - Russia’s UN envoy

Earlier, Russian militants announced that the local election would be held on the territory of "people's republics" in Donbas on November 11, 2018. This is due to the assassination of Aleksandr Zakharchenko, former leader of 'Donetsk People's Republic.'

Russian delegation in Minsk talks group said it was ready to recognize the outcome of the election. Ukraine's Poroshenko stated that the 'elections' would have no legal consequences and would not be recognized by the international community.

Related: Illegal 'election' in Donbas might result in new Russian aggression, - Ukraine's UN envoy

Besides, Poroshenko emphasized that holding the "elections" in occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions might cause a new wave of sanctions against Russia.

On November 6, Iryna Gerashchenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, reported that the Russian delegation officially claimed about the recognition of the elections in occupied Donbas during the negotiation of Minsk Trilateral Contact Group.

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