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OSCE confirms Luhansk was shelled with cluster munitions

February 04, 2015, 2:50 UTC+3 VIENNA VIENNA February, 4. /TASS
The OSCE monitoring mission discovered parts of rockets, including engines, fins and cargo compartments, in the front and backyards of several houses
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VIENNA, February 4. /TASS/. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, after visiting Luhansk areas where civilians were killed by shelling, confirmed that the city was shelled with cluster munitions from the north-west.

"The SMM saw considerable damage caused by the impacts of rocket shelling, such as broken windows, fences, gates and walls. The SMM assessed that some of the damage to the buildings, e.g. a series of parallel rows of strike marks on a gate and wall, were consistent with damage typically caused by shrapnel elements from cluster munition. According to the SMM’s assessment, a hole in a roof of a house was caused by the impact of what appears to be a bomblet, with small calibre.

"The SMM discovered parts of rockets, including engines, fins and cargo compartments, in the front and backyards of several houses; the cargo compartment in particular is typical of a rocket carrying cluster munitions. Some parts sighted by the SMM at the impact site (1.5 cm white metal fragments, 6 by 3 cm black metal fragments of bomblets cases) are typical for cluster munition. The SMM identified them as parts consistent with 9M55K model "Smerch" rockets (calibre 300mm). The SMM observed a crater (diameter approximately 4m, depth approximately 3m) at the backyard of the house located at Dekabristiv Street 106 which had been caused by the explosion of a "Smerch" rocket, according to the SMM’s assessment.

"The SMM measured by compass the angle between north and the axis of cargo remains. The SMM measured the incoming azimuth for the three cargo remains of the "Smerch" rockets, indicating a general incoming north-north-west direction," the observers said in the report.

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