OSCE spots 21 Grad-K rocket systems in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine

16 December 2021, 10:29 AM

The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) special monitoring mission on Dec. 14 reported a sighting of 21 Grad-K multiple rocket launcher systems in the Russian-occupied part of Luhansk Oblast. 

Grad-Ks are truck-mounted multiple rocket launchers, designed in the times of the Soviet Union. The Grads were spotted near the village of Khrustalny (formerly Krasnyi Luch), 56 kilometers southwest of the city of Luhansk.

 According to the Dec. 14 OSCE report, the rocket launchers were deployed in violation of agreed weapons withdrawal lines.

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The OSCE also spotted four T-64 tanks near the village of Ternove, 57 kilometers east of Donetsk. The tanks were deployed outside of designated weapons storage areas, the OSCE said.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov reported to parliament on the military situation on Dec. 3.  Russia has about 100,000 troops deployed on Ukraine’s borders and in the Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine, he told MPs.

Russian proxy forces are reported to have carried out a military drill aimed at bringing a number of motorized infantry, artillery and tank units to their highest level of combat readiness.

 The OSCE reported nine violations of the cease-fire by Russian proxy forces on Dec. 15. 

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