10 Oct 2018 12:45

OSCE SMM reports violations in weapon deployment in Donbas

LUHANSK. Oct 10 (Interfax) - The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has seen military hardware and weapons of both conflicting sides in the Donbas conflict deployed in violation of withdrawal lines, the SMM's press service told Interfax.

"In violation of withdrawal lines in government-controlled areas, on 8 October, an SMM mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) spotted a piece of artillery (caliber greater than 122mm) near Zoria (80km south of Donetsk). On the same day, the SMM saw ten multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) (BM-27 Uragan, 220mm) (eight being offloaded from a train and two on train cars) at the train station in Rubizhne (84km north-west of Luhansk)," the mission said.

"In violation of withdrawal lines in a non-government-controlled area, on 7 October, an SMM mini-UAV spotted three surface-to-air missile systems (9K35 Strela-10) at a compound in Katerynivka (formerly Yuvileine, 8km west of Luhansk)," it said.

"On 7 October, an SMM long-range UAV spotted two tanks (T-64) near Stepanivka (54km north of Donetsk)," the mission said.

"On 6 October, an SMM long-range UAV spotted a surface-to-air missile system (9K37) near Ahrobaza (8km west of Mariupol)," it said.

Also, on October 8, the SMM saw four Uragan rocket launchers, three 152mm 2S5 Giatsint-S self-propelled howitzers, and 12 anti-aircraft missile systems in the Kyiv-held populated localities of Lyman, Sloviansk, Shevchenko, Pokrovsk, and Marynivka, the mission said.