The Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine evacuated their patrol base from Svitlodarsk due to heavy shelling on December 24. This is stated in the report of the mission of December, 22 – 26, published on Tuesday, December 27.
“The SMM evacuated its forward patrol base in government-controlled Svitlodarsk on 24 December due to the proximity of shelling on the evening of 23 December. While the SMM recorded a high number of explosions west of Horlivka on the night of 23 December, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations after a renewed commitment to the ceasefire starting on 24 December,” says the report.
The SMM returned to its forward patrol base in Svitlodarsk on 26 December.
The SMM recorded fewer, but still a high number, of ceasefire violations in Donetsk region from the evenings of 22 to 23 December compared with the previous reporting period, including 1,150 explosions, mainly in the Svitlodarsk-Debaltseve area.
Besides, during the evening and night of 23-24 December, the SMM heard about 980 explosions, including: 16 salvos of three-five rounds each assessed as outgoing MLRS (BM-21 Grad, 122mm) rockets 3km west-south-west, 60 explosions assessed as impacts of mortar rounds 4-5km south-west; more than 700 undetermined explosions 4-6km south-west (including one episode in which the SMM recorded at least 160 explosions in 15 minutes), west and north-west; and more than 165 undetermined explosions 4-6km north-east.