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29 civilians deceased in Donbas since beginning of year, - OSCE SMM

132 people sustained injuries due to the military actions, First Deputy Head of the Mission Alexander Hug said
15:21, 3 August 2018

Ukraine Crisis Media Center

Since early January till late July 2018, the number of civilian casualties in Donbas made 161 people; 29 of them deceased, the rest suffered various kinds of injuries. Alexander Hug, First Deputy Head of OSCE SMM in Ukraine said this at a briefing on Friday.

OSCE also confirmed that this week (from July 26 through August 2), the number of ceasefire violations has dropped by 85 percent compared with that of the previous week. 'Last week, OSCE SMM spotted over 4,000 violations of the ceasefire', Hug said.

The Mission's observers spotted 57 heavy weaponry units in the areas where they should not be, based on Minsk agreements; in 44 cases, the weaponry was spotted in the militant-held areas, and in another 13 cases - on the Ukraine-controlled territory.

On August 2, the illegal armed formations of pro-Kremlin militants landed 28 attacks on positions of the Ukrainian military in Donbas; in one case, heavy weaponry was used. According to the HQ of the Joint Forces Operation, four Ukrainian warriors sustained wounds in combat. The Russian occupant forces used mainly RPGs, small arms and heavy machineguns; they attacked Stanytsia Luhanska, Krymske, Novoluhanske, Novomykhailivka, Mariinka, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Chermalyk, Hnutove, Lebedynske, Talakivka, Pavlopol and Shyrokyne.

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