OSCE SMM spots movement of military-type trucks across uncontrolled border in occupied Luhansk region
The OSCE SMM to Ukraine spotted the movement of military-type trucks across the uncontrolled sections of border in the occupied areas of Luhansk region.
“On 4–5 June, between 20:40 and 00:24, an SMM long-range UAV spotted a convoy of trucks entering Ukraine and another convoy exiting Ukraine on a dirt road near Cheremshyne (non-government-controlled, 59km south-east of Luhansk), near the border with the Russian Federation where there are no border crossing facilities,” reads the OSCE SMM daily report 134/2020 issued on 6 June 2020.
In particular, at 20:40 on 4 June, an SMM long-range UAV spotted at least 12 probable military-type trucks and an escort light utility vehicle in a stationary convoy pointing east on a dirt track, and five persons walking in between the trucks, about 3.5km east of Cheremshyne, about 120m west of the border with the Russian Federation, in an area where there are no border crossing facilities.
At 20:51, in a tree line about 1.4km west of the stationary convoy, the UAV spotted three probable military-type vehicles and another vehicle approaching this stationary convoy on the same dirt track from a westerly direction. This group of vehicles joined the stationary convoy described above, making a total of at least 16 vehicles and an escort.
Between 20:52 and 21:22, two military-type trucks left this convoy driving eastwards, and exited Ukraine, leaving at least 14 military-type trucks, vehicles and escort remaining stationary. Between 21:26 and 21:58, the UAV spotted two light utility vehicles entering Ukraine and approaching the stationary convoy of at least 14 trucks, vehicles and escort; one stopped near the convoy, while the other proceeded westwards on the above-mentioned dirt track to about 2km east of Cheremshyne.
At about 22:10, the UAV spotted a second convoy of five military-type trucks entering Ukraine, passing by the stationary convoy, and driving westwards. Meanwhile, the stationary convoy then began driving east, and exited Ukraine.
At 22:55, the UAV observed that the second convoy of five military-type trucks that entered Ukraine was joined by the aforesaid three probable military-type vehicles that were parked in the tree line and two additional military-type trucks that arrived from an easterly direction. This second convoy, now comprised of ten vehicles, began to drive westwards on dirt roads through Cheremshyne and Nyzhnoderevechka (non-government controlled, 52km south-east of Luhansk); the UAV continued to observe the convoy as it then continued to a compound in non-government-controlled Luhansk city which it reached at 00:24 on 5 June.
The SMM reminds that they previously saw convoys of trucks at night in this area in October 2019.