OSCE mission is concerned about the local frequency and density of shelling, registered by the monitors in Donbas in those regions which used to be relatively calm, as reported by Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, Alexander Hug.
Another bad week in Donbas – violence spreads like a bushfire, and no new hotspots are emerging. Yasynuvata-Avdiivka, Donetsk airport, Debaltseve-Svitlodarsk road remain major flash-points in Eastern Ukraine. This week we saw many ceasefire violations on previously relatively calm territories. Monitors heard 60 explosions in Berezovo, South-West from Donetsk, on Wednesday, June 15, and 280 explosions in Horlivka on Sunday, June 12. Our monitors did register outbreaks of violence, but what is notable now is the frequency and intensity of outbreaks of violence,” – emphasized Hug.
According to Hug, apparently this aggravation of the situation followed mutual repositioning by the parties of conflict. “We can’t say what leads to local escalations, but we know that this is much more likely when positions of the parties are located closely to each other. Now they are 300 meters away from each other.”
As previously reported, militants fired on ATO positions. One Ukrainian serviceman shot dead.