The OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine confirmed it had spotted convoys of trucks entering and exiting Ukraine in the middle of the night via a dirt track where there are no border crossing facilities in the conflict zone in the Donbas.

“At 22:15 on 7 August, the UAV spotted a convoy of eight canvas-covered six-wheeled cargo trucks travelling east along a road near Chystiakove (non-government-controlled, 62km east of Donetsk). Near Manych, approximately 3.5km before reaching Ukraine’s border with the Russian Federation, the convoy turned east onto a dirt track that leads across the border. The UAV then spotted a second convoy travelling westwards from the border with the Russian Federation along the same dirt track.”

 The video is posted on the official SMM channel on YouTube.

QHA reported that, in its report of August 9, the SMM OSCE revealed the scheme of truck rotation, which occurs at night through an uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border.