The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe announced that its special monitoring mission to Ukraine has identified several dozen multiple launch systems and howitzers in the rebel-controlled Luhansk region.
The Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, os SMM, is an international observation mission created under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to facilitate a peaceful settlement of the ongoing war in Donbass in the Donetsk regions and Luhansk of eastern Ukraine.
European military observers said they saw twenty-two BM-21 Grad multi-launch rocket systems, eight 122mm 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers, five 152mm 2A65 Msta-B tow howitzers and five D-30 towed howitzers. 122 mm in the non-governmental controlled areas of the Luhansk region.
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The OSCE press release states that artillery systems have been spotted beyond retreat lines, including some at an airport.
The conflict began in 2014 and Russian-backed rebels control large swathes of the region, including the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and separatists killed more than 13,000 people. Russia denies allegations of direct involvement in the conflict by the West and Kiev.