Pro-Russian terrorists continue to violate withdrawal line, tanks spotted near Horlivka

ATO Press Center posted a photo of the enemy tank located near the contact line outside of Horlivka as a proof that pro-Russian terrorists continue to violate withdrawal line. OSCE also reported 12 towed howitzers (D-30, 122mm) that were not withdrawn by militants according to agreement made in Minsk.

Enemy tank located near the contact line in ATO zone

Enemy tank located near the contact line in ATO zone

The tank is located no more than 5 km from positions of Ukrainian Army. See original report of ATO Press Center posted in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Today, on December 6, enemy tanks were spotted in Ozeryanivka and Zaitseve villages located on the contact line near Horlivka.

See exact location of the tank in the photo made by Ukrainian drone on Google map at N 48°16’29” E 37°58’08”. Below is the closer look.

Enemy tank located near the contact line in ATO zone

Enemy tank located near the contact line in ATO zone

Observers of OSCE also posted their report that indicates that pro-Russian militants violated withdrawal agreement in Lugansk Region. When observers tried to check the location where 12 towed howitzers (D-30, 122mm) were spotted they were stopped by armed man who started to fire in the air and another man pointed a riffle at them. See report at http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/207071

At 9:24hrs on 5 December, an SMM patrol comprised of four SMM monitors and the SMM medical officer in two armoured vehicles arrived at a field in the vicinity of “Lugansk People’s Republic”(“LPR”)-controlled Yurivka (26km south-west of Luhansk), where the SMM had observed 12 towed howitzers (D-30, 122mm) during previous visits – in violation of the relevant withdrawal line (see SMM Daily Report 26 November 2015 and SMM Daily Report 1 December 2015). The SMM drove towards 12 howitzers (D-30, 122mm) and at 100-150m distance, it spotted three armed individuals standing near one of the howitzers. When the SMM further continued driving towards the howitzers and was at 80-100m distance, one of the armed individuals released a burst of fire into the air with an automatic rifle and another individual pointed his automatic rifle at the SMM. The armed individuals shouted at the SMM. As a consequence, the SMM immediately left the area. There were no injuries to SMM members or damage to SMM vehicles.

Subsequently, the SMM addressed the incident with senior “LPR” members, who acknowledged the seriousness of the incident, and said that they would examine it and inform the SMM accordingly.

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