Donetsk, Dec 19 – DAN. DPR intelligence located Ukrainian multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) Smerch, Grad and self-propelled howitzers Gvozdika close to the contact line, said DPR Operations Command deputy commander Colonel Eduard Basurin.

“Our intelligence keeps recording Ukrainian armed forces reinforcement of their positions close to the contact line,” he said.

Four MLRS Smerch were spotted in Kurakhovo (Donetsk axis, 20km from the contact line); in Galitsinovka (Donetsk axis, 17km from the contact line) two MLRS Grad were located.

Three positions of self-propelled howitzers Gvozdika were uncovered in Talakovka (Mariupol axis, 6km from the contact line).

All data on the violations of the Minsk Agreements were reported to the JCCC and OSCE SMM officers.

DPR intelligence reports Kiev’s regular deployment of military equipment to the conflict zone. Under The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements signed by the Contact Group on February 12, 2015, the sides have to withdraw their artillery systems of 100 mm calibre or more to a distance of 50 kilometres apart from each other, multiple launch rocket systems Tornado, Uragan and Smerch to a distance of 70 kilometres and Tactical Missile Systems Tochka to a distance of 140 kilometres. The Addendum to the Minsk Agreements signed in September provides for the parties’ withdrawal of their artillery systems of a calibre less than 100 mm, as well as tanks and mortars. *ot