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 OSCE observers record "Cargo 200", “Funeral" trucks heading to Russia from occupied Donbas during battles at Svitlodarsk salient

The OSCE Observer Mission operating at Russian Gukovo and Donetsk border crossing points (BCPs) recorded a van with a sign “Gruz 200” and several ambulances heading from Russian Federation to the Donbas and back between Dec. 20 and Dec. 27.

Censor.NET reports citing weekly update from the OSCE Observer Mission at Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk based on information as of Dec. 27, 2016.

The report reads: "On Dec. 21 at 4:09 p.m., the observer team (OT) in Donetsk border crossing point observed a van with Ukrainian licence plates crossing the border from the Russian Federation to Ukraine. The driver wore a camouflage coat. The van had a sign "Gruz 200" on its windshield from inside and had an inscription "ANUBIS" written in Russian on its side. The OT was not able to ascertain whether there was any coffin inside the van or not.

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"On Dec. 22 at 7:20 a.m., the OT in Donetsk BCP observed a white van with Ukrainian licence plates with the inscription "Funeral", crossing the border from Ukraine to the Russian Federation.

"On Dec. 21 at 10:42 a.m., the OT observed an ambulance with "LPR" registration plates arriving at Donetsk BCP from Ukraine and parking in the customs control zone. The ambulance had the inscriptions "Medical Emergency Assistance," "Emergency Medicine" and "Reanimation" written in Russian on its sides.

"At 11 a.m., an ambulance with Russian licence plates arrived at the BCP from the Russian Federation and parked near the first ambulance. One person was transferred by stretcher from the ambulance registered in the Russian Federation to the other ambulance. At 11:06 a.m., both ambulances left the BCP in the directions from which they arrived.

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"On Dec. 22 at 12:20 p.m., the OT in Donetsk BCP observed an ambulance with "LPR" registration plates arriving from Ukraine. At 12:27 p.m., the ambulance passed to the Russian Federation. The ambulance had inscriptions "Medical Emergency Assistance", "Emergency Medicine" and "Reanimation" written in Russian on its sides. At 1:48 p.m. the same ambulance entered the BCP from the Russian Federation and left the BCP to Ukraine at 2:08 p.m.," the update reads.

According to the report, the overall number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs. Compared to the previous week, the number of cargo minivans decreased from 294 to 275; 129 crossed to the Russian Federation and 146 to Ukraine.

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Earlier, the Russian militants launched several offensive operations at the Svitlodarsk salient between Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. According to intelligence reports, the militants suffered casualties in these clashes.

ANUBIS has offices in Odesa, Odesa region and Kyiv, as stated on the company's website. Among other services, the company repatriates the deceased and killed in action.


 
 
 
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