Intelligence of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) recorded the pulling of Ukrainian tanks into settlements on the demarcation line in Donbass. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the press service of the People’s Militia of the LPR.
According to the ministry, the security forces have deployed at least 17 T-72B tanks in the village of Rubezhnoye. On the eve of Thursday, June 10, several dozen 2S1 Gvozdika and 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled artillery mounts, as well as 12 T-64 tanks, were also found there.
This information, according to the press service, is confirmed by the reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. In this regard, Lugansk once again accused Kiev of violating the armistice agreements, according to which heavy equipment and large-caliber artillery should be withdrawn from the front line.
On April 10, Deputy President for Information Policy of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences, Doctor of Military Sciences Konstantin Sivkov pointed out that Ukraine has hundreds of tanks ready for war. “Kiev can use up to 450-500 tanks – mainly T-64 and T-72, as well as a number of the latest Ukrainian developments based on the same T-64. Of these tanks, taking into account the peculiarities of the theater of upcoming hostilities, up to 300-320 can be directed against the DPR (the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic – approx. “Lenta.ru”), and the remaining 150-180 – in the Luhansk direction ”, – the author writes.
The armed conflict in Donbass has been going on for over six years. In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the DPR and LPR, which proclaimed independence from Kiev after the change of the central government. Ukraine accuses Russia of occupying part of Donbass and supporting separatism. Moscow rejects Kiev’s claims.