OSCE Records Increase in Number of UAF Units at the LPR Contact Line


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

14th May, 2016


OSCE observers recorded an increase in the number of UAF military equipment and its absence in places of permanent storage in the area of the contact line with the Luhansk People’s Republic.

This was reported by Luganskinform citing the Head of the LPR militia Colonel Oleg Anashhenko at today’s briefing.

These violations were recorded in the daily reports of international observers of the OSCE mission, said Anashhenko.

During visits to places of UAF weapons and military equipment storage, representatives of the mission found the previously withdrawn weapons were missing, namely tanks of various modifications – 49 units; 120 mm mortars – 4 units; 82 mm mortars – 8 units, and 85 mm caliber D-48 anti-tank guns – 8 units, said the Colonel.

Trying to hide the build-up of forces, Ukrainian security officials denied international observers access to UAF military facilities, announced Anashhenko.

For example, on May 9th, in the village of Dmytrivka, the Ukrainian Armed Forces refused to allow observers access to a military base, citing the absence of the commander and the relevant authority they have, he said.

On May 10th, in the place of permanent storage of arms, commander of the UAF prohibited the SMM OSCE access to one of the buildings of the military base, added Anashhenko.

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