LUGANSK, January 28. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) are openly deploying military vehicles, not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, in residential areas of Donbass, the head of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) told TASS on Friday. Yan Leschenko.
“Fighting vehicles, not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, are openly deployed in residential areas of settlements and are used to harass fire on people’s militia positions and settlements in the republic,” he said. he declares. “In the situation of the minimum distance between positions, a BMP weapon can cause as much damage as mortars and artillery systems,” Leschenko explained.
He noted that residents of areas regularly bombed by the UAF are well aware of this.
“We regularly record the presence of the Ukrainian armed forces in the area of operation of the joint forces outside the withdrawal zone. This is regularly reported in OSCE reports and announcements of the Joint Center for Coordination and Control of the Ceasefire (JCCC) and people’s militia briefings,” Leschenko said.
According to the official, the Ukrainian forces are using weapons that have not been withdrawn in violation of the Minsk agreements.
“During the New Year holidays, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission noted the absence of 15 self-propelled howitzers on the territory under Ukrainian control,” Leschenko said. “These are two artillery batteries that disappeared without a trace, were distributed and concealed inside the security zone,” he said.
Leschenko noted that OSCE SMM patrols check withdrawal areas and storage areas for vehicles and weapons. According to officials, in the rare cases when Ukraine does allow observers to travel there and when Ukrainian electronic warfare units do not suppress OSCE drones, mission reports confirm that UAF vehicles are absent from storage areas.
The official added that daily reports on the situation at the line of contact regularly mention mortar and artillery fire of more than 100 mm caliber, when they were supposed to be withdrawn more than 50 km from the line.
“An implementation of the obligation is supposed to exclude the very possibility of firing these weapons on the territory of the republics,” Leschenko stressed.