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 OSCE confirms militants’ buildup and use of heavy weapons along the entire demarcation line

The observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) recorded the Russian mercenaries’ buildup and the use of heavy weapons along the entire demarcation line in the east of Ukraine.

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Deputy Head Alexander Hug said at a briefing in the Ukrainian crisis media center, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

According to the statement, SMM recorded the increased presence, movement and use of heavy weaponry along the line of contact. In particular, the observers noticed a buildup in progress, military hardware around Komsomolske village controlled by the "DPR", situated north and north-east of Mariupol. The SMM also recorded the deployment of these weapons southward along the contact line, toward Sontseve - opposite the areas of strategic importance around Hranitne village, which is controlled by the government troops.

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The OSCE representative has also mentioned as an example the fact showing militants "performing" Minsk agreements by redeploying 40 tanks at a time saying that the OSCE drones recorded IFVs loaded with ammunition and moving in a convoy during just one day of June 23. They later recorded 38 main battle tanks, seven artillery systems, 12 military trucks and six IFVs in Ternove village to the south of the contact line.

At the same time, Hug pointed out that the observers and SMM drones also recorded heavy weapons in the government-controlled areas during last weeks, which presence there violated the agreed distance of withdrawal of weapons.

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In general, the OSCE SMM deputy head stressed that there was a significant deterioration of the security situation in the Donbas over the past few weeks.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n342299