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 51 tanks, 38 howitzers, and four anti-aircraft missile system: OSCE reveals location of military hardware of terrorists in Donbas

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Observers of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of OSCE have recorded 51 tanks on the shooting ranges next to occupied Luhansk and Donetsk.

Censor.NET reports citing the press service of OSCE SMM.

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"Beyond respective withdrawal lines but outside designated storage sites, in non-government-controlled areas, the SMM saw 13 stationary tanks (T-64) at a training area near Kruhlyk (31km south-west of Luhansk), 12 tanks (type unknown; 11 were stationary and one was travelling south-east) at a training area near Ternove (57km east of Donetsk) and five tanks (T-72) travelling south in the same area. Aerial imagery revealed the presence on 4 September of 21 tanks (type unknown) and four surface-to-air missile systems (type unknown) south of Buhaivka.

"The SMM observed weapons that could not be verified as withdrawn, as their storage did not comply with the criteria set out in the 16 October 2015 notification from the SMM to the signatories of the Package of Measures on effective monitoring and verification of the withdrawal of heavy weapons. At a site beyond respective withdrawal lines in areas outside government control in Donetsk region, the SMM noted that six self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm) were present, as previously observed, and 13 mortars (12 PM-38, 120mm; one 2B11 Sani, 120mm) remained missing.

"The SMM revisited an "LPR" permanent storage site whose location was beyond withdrawal lines and noted that one tank (T-64) was still missing. The Mission revisited a "DPR" permanent storage site whose location was beyond withdrawal lines and noted that eight tanks (three T-64, five T-72) were still missing. At another "DPR" permanent storage site, the gates were locked and no one appeared to be present to provide the SMM with access," the report reads.

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