16:47 Sep. 27, 2016
Russian-backed forces seem to covertly amass heavy weapon near the frontline
Volunteers of air recon team have provided the international volunteer community InformNapalm with exclusive data that confirms violations of the Minsk agreements on the withdrawal of heavy weaponry by Russian-backed militant forces.
From September 18 till September 23, 2016, at least eight pieces of 2S1 Gvozdika 122 mm self-propelled howitzers (more than standard artillery battery) have been spotted 17 kilometres away from the separation line. According to Minsk-2, these guns have to be withdrawn at least 25 km from the contact line. The artillery is accompanied by two MT-LB armoured carriers and 12 other military vehicles, seen in the photos.
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Novoazovsk on the map (By BBC)
Coordinates of the uncovered artillery base
In the photo, the eight 2S1 howitzers are in red brackets, the two MT-LB armoured trucked vehicles are in blue brackets, and 12 other military vehicles are in green brackets.
InformNapalm volunteers also conducted monitoring of satellite images of the area and found strong evidence that back in March of 2016, there were no weapons or military equipment in this area, but from June through September 2016, there has been a gradual increase in the amount of military equipment and self-propelled artillery.
Photo from March 16, 2016. There are no weapons or vehicles.
Photo from June 15, 2016. Military vehicles are spotted the first time.
Photo from July 31, 2016. Self-propelled artillery and large number of military vehicles are seen.
Photo from August 11, 2016. Weaponry and military vehicles are seen.
The photo taken by aero intelligence in the middle of September shows eight 122 mm howitzers.
"This example proves once again that heavy weapons have not been withdrawn to 25 km. Even more, the combined Russian-terrorist forces have formed a self-propelled artillery battery and a partial artillery squad within 17 km of the separation line," volunteers stressed.
InformNapalm remind that this is not the first violation of the Minsk Agreements by the pro-Russian militants. The volunteers also composed video-database of the 33 types of Russian weaponry spotted in Donbas.
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