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    OSCE Confirms: No Russian Military Hardware Crossing Ukraine Border

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    Representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have not seen any Russian military hardware crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border checkpoints of Donetsk and Gukovo over the last year of observations, the head of the OSCE’s monitoring mission, Paul Picard, said Thursday.

    ROSTOV-ON-DON (Sputnik) – Picard said in the past that there had been no signs of military hardware crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border.

    "We have not seen any military equipment crossing the Donetsk or Gukovo checkpoints," Picard said at a press conference in Russia’s southern city of Rostov-on-Don.

    "In the region that we patrol nothing like that was observed," Picard said back in November, when asked about reports of Russian tanks, soldiers and military equipment allegedly crossing into Ukraine.

    Picard said that since September "people dressed in military uniforms" had been seen crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border in both directions, but called them "volunteers."

    "From September 1 through August 4, we have observed 21,309 of these types of people crossing the border, that’s 63 per day or 441 per week, of which 94 percent are crossing the Donetsk checkpoint. This flow is continuing, but it has become less," Picard said.

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