VIENNA, February 28. /TASS/. Monitors of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) witnessed withdrawal of four convoys of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and two convoys of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) on Friday, February 27, the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (SMM) said in its daily report on Saturday.
The Ukrainian military have pulled out a part of the hardware, concentrated it in the Ukrainian government-controlled towns of Artemovsk and Alexeyevo-Druzhkovka.
"The SMM monitored four separate Donetsk People’s Republic ("DPR") convoys. In each instance, the SMM was escorted by "DPR" to meet a pre-assembled convoy," it said.
Thus, the SMM says that the convoy consisted of five Grad multiple rocket launch systems, one BTR-80 armoured personnel carrier and military-style trucks and vans, five kilometres east of Donetsk, in Karlo-Marksove - the second convoy consisted of four Grads and one Ural truck and - in both eastern outskirts of Donetsk and Novozarovka - the convoys consisted of four Grads and one military-style truck each.
"The SMM followed each of these convoys along their respective routes, leading away from the contact line, to locations described by the respective DPR convoy commanders as being the final destinations for this equipment. The SMM intends to monitor these locations on a daily basis," the report said.
Along with this, the LPR turned to the OSCE monitors with a request to observe the withdrawal of two convoys with heavy weapons.
"The first was met in Brianka, where the SMM saw one APC, four 122mm self-propelled howitzers, five Grad MLRS, and one military-style truck. The second convoy consisted of four towed 152mm howitzers and one truck, met by the SMM 7km south of the centre of Luhansk," the SMM said.
Informing about the Ukrainian military’s activities, the OSCE has said that in Artemovsk a considerable group was concentrated that consisted of 15 armoured personnel carriers and 15 100mm caliber MT-12 anti-tank guns and in Alexeyevo-Druzhkovka - 11 armoured personnel carriers and 14 MT-12 anti-tank guns.