OSCE spots a BUK missile cannister near Luhansk in an “LPR”-controlled area

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The OCSE mission which monitors the situation in Eastern Ukraine at November 29 spotted a container which is used for transportation of likeley BUK 9K37 missiles. The cannister was spotted by a drone used for surveillance purposes.

A December 5 published report by OSCE mentions the finding of the cannister.

An SMM mini unmanned aerial vehicle spotted a canister probably of a surface-to-air-missile system (9K37, 400mm), a military-type truck and at least two armed men at a compound in an “LPR”-controlled area about 8km north-west of Luhansk city centre on 29 November.

The photo below shows a BUK missile in a cannister.

This compound mentioned by OCSE is likely a  former Ukraine armed forces base which had a BUK battery . The BUK base closest to Luhansk was A-0194 located 3,5 km southeast of the village of Metalist north of Lugansk. This base is about 8 km northwest of Luhansk city center.

The photo below shows the base. Photo taken from a report by Andrew who studied the movements of Ukraine BUK’s.

Ukraine armed forces removed all BUK vehicles and likely all BUK missiles as well before the area was occupied by separatists.

This video shows a couple of Ukraine Army trucks carrying BUK missile cannisters.


OCSE likely spotted a BUK missile cannister which was left there by the Ukraine armed forces.


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2 Comments on OSCE spots a BUK missile cannister near Luhansk in an “LPR”-controlled area

  1. These cannisters (and most likely missiles inside them) were abandoned at both A-0194 and A-1428 by Ukraine. There are ground photos from both bases back to 2014 showing them.

  2. Given Ukraine’s missile inventory, it should be expected each base had 100+ missiles. The missile transport trucks can move 6 missiles at a time, and Ukraine moved 4 missiles on each BUK TEL/TELAR unit in March (20-24 per base). A convoy of three such trucks was videoed at one point removing missiles from the bases. The missiles are very heavy and cannot be easily moved apart from their special transport trucks and a crane. It should be expected about ~50 missiles were removed from each base barring return trips by the trucks and transport of the missiles to another secure military facility, which was not documented, as the trucks were seen in the field with the TELARS/TELS. This means it is likely up to half the inventory of missiles was left behind.

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