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 OSCE reports about withdrawal of six 'DPR' and 'LPR' convoys of heavy weapons

The observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reported on withdrawal of six convoys of heavy weapons belonging to the 'DPR' and 'LPR' militants.

Censor.NET reports citing the SMM's report.

"The SMM monitored four separate 'Donetsk People's Republic' convoys. In each instance, the SMM was escorted by 'DPR' to meet a pre-assembled convoy", the mission's report reads.

The first meeting spot was 5km east of Donetsk city; this convoy consisted of five Grad Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, one BTR-80 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and military-style trucks and vans. The second meeting spot was in Karlo-Marksove ('DPR'-controlled, 39 km north-east of Donetsk); this convoy consisted of four Grad MLRS and one Ural truck.

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The SMM also saw other military vehicles in 'DPR'-controlled areas. This included one unmarked T-64 tank, proceeding east along the main road from Donetsk city towards Makiivka ('DPR'-controlled, 12km east of Donetsk). The SMM saw one unmarked T-72 tank loaded on a parked trailer, 11km south-east of Donetsk city. In Ilovaisk ('DPR'-controlled, 30km south-east of Donetsk), the SMM saw eight unmarked military-style trucks and three busses, all carrying people in military uniforms, driving south.

Separately, also near Ilovaisk, the SMM saw 60 white trucks bearing 'Humanitarian Aid from the Russian Federation' signs.

According to the report, the SMM was asked by the 'LPR' to monitor two convoys. "The first was met in Brianka (45km west of Luhansk, 'LPR'-controlled), where the SMM saw one APC, four 122 mm self-propelled howitzers, five Grad MLRS, and one military-style truck. The second convoy consisted of four towed 152 mm howitzers and one truck, met by the SMM 7 km south of the center of Luhansk", the SMM writes. The SMM followed these convoys away from the contact line. However, the 'LPR' prohibited the SMM from following either of these convoys to their end-points.

 
 
 
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