Russian Controlled Forces Receive Military Equipment from Russia

A report from Donbas.Realities as well as reports from the OSCE SMM confirm ongoing shipments from Russia to occupied Donbas


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Russian controlled forces receive a steady supply of weapons and munitions directly from Russia. Trains are used to ship the military materiel into occupied Donbas. This was reported by Donbas.Realities in a video presentation. Donbas.Realities is a project run by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/Radio Svoboda to report on the situation in occupied Donbas.

“The munitions are imported by rail and then are used in daily and military activities, during military operations. The number of military cargoes has slightly decreased. This is primarily linked with the fact that there are no active military operations. In addition, the amount of munitions sufficient for carrying out combat operations for 14 days has been stored in the territory of the occupied areas at the first and the second army corps [1st (Donetsk) and 2nd (Luhansk) Army Corps of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation],” spokesperson of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Vadym Skybytsky, in the video.

While the OSCE SMM monitors a portion of the internationally recognized border between Ukraine and Russia, the Russian controlled forces only allow them access during the day and only at the legally recognized checkpoints.

However, OSCE UAVs have recorded convoys from Russia bypassing the checkpoints and entering occupied Donbas at illegal and unauthorized border crossing points.

In addition to the supply of weapons and ammunition, the Main Intelligence Directorate reports that Russian military planes patrol the skies over occupied Donbas which also allows them to monitor the territory of Ukraine.

Source UATV
date 20.08.2019
categories Joint Forces Operation
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