Kiev Trying to Hide Movement of Heavy Weaponry, Equipment to Donbass - LPR Head
00:21 GMT 31.01.2022 (Updated: 04:04 GMT 31.01.2022)
© REUTERS / ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO / Cadets of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic walk during the ceremony in the rebel-controlled city of DonetskCadets of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic walk during the ceremony in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk
© REUTERS / ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO / Cadets of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic walk during the ceremony in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk
LUGANSK, January 31 (Sputnik) - Kiev is moving heavy weaponry and equipment to the southeast of Ukraine (Donbass), trying to hide this from observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), the leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), Leonid Pasechnik said.
"Our services and international observers see that there is an active movement from the Ukrainian side. There is the supply of ammunition and…heavy weapons are being moved and equipment is being prepared", Pasechnik said.
He pointed out that over the past month, SMM has recorded the transfer of more than a hundred pieces of heavy artillery to the line of contact, and OSCE observers regularly report that their drones keep malfunctioning in Donbass.
"On the other side [of the contact line, controlled by Kiev], EW [electronic warfare] systems are actively operating. This all clearly shows that Ukraine is trying to hide the movement of its troops and equipment from the observers, depriving them of the opportunity to see the situation from the air", the LPR head explained to Sputnik.