OSCE mission reports withdrawal of militia's hardware in eastern Ukraine

Militia forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic withdrew 16 unmarked military trucks towing howitzers from the village of Makiyivka, located 12 kilometers east of Donetsk, the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SSM) said in a report, published on Wednesday.

Militia forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) withdrew 16 unmarked military trucks towing howitzers from the village of Makiyivka, located 12 kilometers east of Donetsk, the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SSM) said in a report, published on Wednesday.

"At 13:10 hrs, the SMM saw a convoy consisting of ten unmarked military trucks towing howitzers" from the village Amvrosiyivka, located 57 kilometers south-east of Donetsk, it said.

The OSCE mission also received "copies of schedules for the gradual withdrawal of heavy weapons" from the self-proclaimed republics and the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The SMM, however, also reported several ceasefire breaches in the south-east of Ukraine.

Earler Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov claimed that the militia had started pulling back their heavy artillery systems over the previous several days.

"We also know that the Donbass militia have asked the OSCE to monitor the withdrawal process. Unfortunately, we have received information that the OSCE has refused to monitor the withdrawal" of heavy weapons by the militia, Peskov said in an interview with CNN.

 

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