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Donbas militia accuse Kiev forces of moving 100 units of military hardware to contact line

December 10, 2015, 15:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
They include 10 Grad multiple rocket launcher systems, DPR defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin says
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MOSCOW, December 10. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) intelligence has said that Kiev forces moved 100 units of weapons and military equipment to the contact line to the north-west of Gorlovka, DPR defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin told a briefing on Thursday.

"Up to 100 units of weapons and military equipment were spotted near the Dzerzhinsk settlement, including 10 Grad multiple rocket launcher systems," Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying.

Basurin added that the military equipment was also spotted in other areas along the contact line, including near the settlement of Verkhnetoretskoye located in the part of Donetsk’s Yasinovatsky district controlled by Kiev forces.

Weaponry withdrawal in Donbas

The withdrawal of weaponry was completed in three stages — firstly, from the Deblatsevo direction, then from the southern direction and lastly from the contact line near Donetsk.

The supplement to the Package of measures on implementing the Minsk Agreements from 12 February 2015 was agreed upon on September 29 at the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk. The supplement envisages withdrawal of tanks, artillery weapons of less than 100mm caliber, and mortars of equal to or less than 120mm caliber to a distance of 15 kilometers from the contact line in Donbas. On September 30, the document was signed by DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko and LPR head Igor Plotnitsky.

In accordance with the reached agreement, tanks were withdrawn first, followed by artillery weapons of less than 100mm caliber and mortars. The first stage started two days after the complete ceasefire and finished in 15 days. The second stage took 24 days to complete. The withdrawal started in the "North" sector on the LPR territory and continued in the "South" sector in DPR. The whole process of withdrawal took a total of 41 days.

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