: OSCE drones spot large concentration of weaponry near Svitlodarsk in Donbas

18:18 May. 5, 2016

OSCE drones spot large concentration of weaponry near Svitlodarsk in Donbas

Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug (UNIAN photo)

Alexander Hug says heavy weapons in Luhansk and Donetsk ahead of May 9 parade are violations of Minsk 

Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug says that OSCE drones have spotted a large concentration of weapons near government-controlled Svitlodarsk in Donbas, Ukraine's east.

"South-east of government-controlled Svitlodarsk, our unmanned aerial vehicles have been recording a large concentration of weaponry in violation of the Minsk agreements," Hug said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

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Hug also commented on Donbas militants' plans to stage a V-Day parade in Luhansk on May 9.

"When I see the so-called "LPR" [Luhansk People's Republic] bringing in heavy weapons into Luhansk city, I am, however, not entirely convinced that everyone understands the urgency involved. Everyone has a right to express their cultural and historical heritage, particularly when it comes to marking the 9 May Victory Day. Heavy weapons in the middle of a major city are not an honour; they are simply a violation of the Minsk accords and a threat to the people living in that area," he said.

As was announced by LPR representatives, more than 1,000 men and 74 combat vehicles will take part in the V-Day parade in Luhansk on May 9.

According to them, the mechanized column will incorporate artillery systems (35 pieces), armor – T-72 tanks, BMP-2 and BTR-80 – 21 vehicles in all, trucks, a tow truck and cars.

Reporting UNIAN

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