OSCE reports increase in shelling in Donbas, militant tanks, Grads

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has reported an increase in shelling and the deployment of tanks and Grad MLR systems in the occupied territory of Donbas, according to a daily update.

”The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In Donetsk region the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 240 explosions compared with the previous reporting period (110 explosions),” the OSCE SMM said in a report based on information received as of 19:30 local time on April 26, 2017.

In Luhansk region the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations compared with the previousreporting period (one shot), including 125 explosions.

The SMM continued to monitor the withdrawal of weapons, in implementation of the Package of Measures, its Addendum, and the Memorandum.

”In non-government-controlled areas, the SMM again saw one tank (T-64) with a front-mounted mine sweeper near ”DPR”-controlled Nikishyne (60km north-east of Donetsk) and continued to observe seven multiple-launch rocket systems (BM-21 Grad, 122mm), seven self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm), ten towed howitzers (five D-30  Lyagushka, 122mm; and five 2A65 Msta-B, 152mm), and seven tanks (T-72) at an aerodrome in the south-eastern outskirts of Luhansk city,” the OSCE SMM said.

The SMM observed armored combat vehicles and an anti-aircraft gun in the security zone. The SMM saw one armored personnel carrier (APC) (BTR-80) heading north-east on road T1309 near government-controlled Shchastia (20km north of Luhansk).

In non-government-controlled areas the SMM saw: an anti-aircraft gun (ZU-23-2) mounted on an undetermined tracked vehicle parked in front of a house at the north-eastern edge of Pikuzy (formerly Kominternove, ”DPR”-controlled, 23km north-east of Mariupol) and an APC (BTR-80) 1.7km east of Pikuzy with at least ten armed ”DPR” members sitting on top heading south-west.

At the Luhansk aerodrome, the SMM saw 12 APCs (five MTLB and seven BTR–80), seven IFVs (BMP-2), 15 trucks and five vehicles for towing howitzers, all stationary. There were also over 500 armed men wearing military-style clothing.

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