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 Militants stage withdrawal of heavy weapons for OSCE at daytime returning it to positions at night, - Defense Ministry Intelligence

The pro-Russian militants demonstratively withdraw equipment at the Volnovakha direction so that the OSCE SMM can record it while the majority of heavy equipment returns back to firing positions at night.

Censor.NET reports citing statement by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

"The Russian occupation troops observed the cease-fire over the past 24 hours. No attacks on the ATO forces have been recorded. At the same time, the enemy carries out provocative actions in certain areas. The deployment of the First Army Corps of the Russian Federation in battle order was recorded in the vicinity of Petrivske village (Starobeshiv district)," the agency noted.

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"Demonstrating the implementation of the Minsk agreements in terms of heavy weapons withdrawal, the enemy conducts redeployment of military equipment from the line of contact at the Mariupol direction. However, the number of withdrawn hardware in certain directions is insignificant. In particular, the pro-Russian militants demonstratively withdraw equipment at the Volnovakha direction so that the OSCE SMM can record it while the majority of heavy equipment returns back to firing positions at night," the statement reads.

It is noted that Ukrainian detachments deployed near the line of contact were reinforced with anti-tank means due to the withdrawal of equipment by the Ukrainian side.

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Besides, the enemy artillery with caliber exceeding 100-mm (SP guns) has been spotted by the reconnaissance means in the vicinity of Makiivka and Styla. The presence of mentioned hardware in these areas is violation of the Minsk agreements.

 
 
 
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