24 JUNE 2020 A day after India and China agreed to start the process of disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, high resolution satellite images appear to show the presence of Chinese structures on both sides of the Line of Actual Control in the Galwan river valley. In clashes there on June 15, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in action. Senior officers in the Indian Army believe the Chinese suffered approximately 45 casualties, including a Colonel who was killed in the fighting.
The image shown here is near Patrol Point 14, where the clashes on June 15 are reported to have taken place. Earlier satellite images of June 16 showed the presence of debris at this spot. The new images, however, appear to show possible defensive Chinese positions at the site. The new images also show shelters or accommodation having been constructed along the rock-face leading up the LAC. These were absent on June 16.