OSCE drone spots 48 tanks near Donetsk

OSCE drone spots 48 tanks near Donetsk

An unmanned aerial vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has spotted 48 tanks of separatists 57 kilometers east of Donetsk, according to a report posted on the mission's website.

"On September 18, an SMM mid-range UAV spotted 48 tanks (34 T-72 and 14 T-64) 3.7km east-south-east of Ternove (57km east of Donetsk)," reads the report.

It notes that an SMM mini-range UAV also spotted 19 tanks and a surface-to-air missile system (9K330 Tor) near Shymshynivka in what the mission assessed as a training formation. In the same area, the UAV spotted three mortars (120mm).

In non-government-controlled areas, on September 14, an SMM mini-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) spotted three self-propelled howitzers (2S5 Giatsint-S, 152mm) and three towed howitzers (D-30, 122mm) near Shymshynivka (27km south-west of Luhansk) in what the mission assessed as a training formation. In the same area, the UAV also spotted three anti-tank guns (MT-12 Rapira, 100mm) and two self-propelled howitzers (type unknown).

The SMM observed weapons that could not be verified as withdrawn, as their storage did not comply with the criteria set out in the October 16, 2015 notification from the SMM to the signatories of the Package of Measures on effective monitoring and verification of the withdrawal of heavy weapons.

The SMM observed armoured combat vehicles in the security zone. In non-government-controlled areas, the SMM saw a convoy of one APC (BTR-variant) and 20 military-type trucks in Kadiivka (formerly Stakhanov, 50km west of Luhansk) moving south, and nine IFVs (BMP-variant) and two APCs (MT-LB and BTR-variant) stationary in Nova Marivka (64km south of Donetsk). On 14 September, an SMM mini UAV spotted an IFV (BMP-2) near Petrivske.


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