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Ukraine Live Day 584
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
OSCE UAV Spots Large Concentration Of Armour And Artillery Near Kalmius Front
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) has published their latest report, based in information received as of yesterday, September 23.

Notably, an SMM drone spotted large amounts of armour and artillery in separatist-held territory near the river Kalmius in the south of the Donetsk region.

An SMM unarmed aerial vehicle (UAV) observed 23 MBTs [main battle tanks], four heavy artillery pieces (possible 152mm 2A65) and four anti-tank guns (100mm, MT-12) in the area of “DPR”-controlled Sontsevo (58km north-east of Mariupol) and one MBT in the area of “DPR”-controlled Petrovskoye (63km north-east of Mariupol). 

This in itself is not surprising: the OSCE and Ukrainian scouts have repeatedly spotted large concentrations of force in this area over the course of the year. Furthermore, August saw some of the heaviest fighting since Minsk II along this section of the front line.

The maintenance of such heavy forces in this area, despite the relative success of the ceasefire, indicates that the capability for an offensive at any time remains. It should also be noted that Russian forces have used advanced jamming equipment and even, the OSCE has indicated, surface-to-air missile systems to prevent SMM drones from monitoring the area.

The report can be read in full here.

-- Pierre Vaux