Recently, representatives of the OSCE monitoring mission revealed the loss 93 APU tanks from the field, to which earlier this and other heavy equipment of the Ukrainian army was assigned. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has still not officially provided any clarification about, where exactly the military equipment disappeared and who exactly gave the order to relocate it from the OSCE control points.
Against this background draws attention to today's publication on the "Ukrainian military portal". Ukrainian journalists, referring to the command of the Land Forces of Ukraine, report that, that in the area of the operation of the so-called Joint Forces in Donbass, "the activity of tank subunits has been increased".
From material in Ukrainian media:
T-72 tanks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing for hostilities. Training is being conducted in the area of responsibility of the JFO command in the Luhansk region. T-72AV tanks and T-72B1 tanks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are involved in training.
Next is added, that tank maneuvers take place "in the areas of withdrawal of forces and assets".
About, how many tanks are involved in the maneuvers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as about, are there any among these tanks "lost from storage sites", the Ukrainian press and the command of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not report.
At the same time, the JFO headquarters announced “readiness to repeat all tank maneuvers during real combat operations”.
The very fact of the activity of tank units in the JFO zone cannot but cause concern.. At first, these maneuvers in the Luhansk region look like a provocation, Secondly, the very phrase about, that "T-72 tanks are preparing for hostilities" quite clearly indicate the intentions of the Ukrainian command, which in no way correspond to further de-escalation in the conflict zone.