86 civilians died in Donbas battle actions in 2017, - OSCE

Source : 112 Ukraine

There were 478 victims in total
09:57, 8 February 2018

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86 civilians died in the battle actions in Donbas in 2017. Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine said this in the interview for Deutche Welle.

“In 2017, the number of victims among civilians were 478 people, 86 of them were murdered, others got injured. Compared to 2016 with 442 victims, 88 of them were murdered. The number might be higher, these are only those who we managed to check,” – he says.

Hug added that the distance between both sides changed in 2017.

“We saw that they approached each other in several places.  Every time one of the sides change their location, getting closer to each other, we record the tension increase, which usually turns to a violence, ” – Hug added .  

In general, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission registered more than 401,000 violations of the ceasefire.

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As it was reported earlier, the agreement on the New Year-Christmas armistice from the midnight of the December 23 was achieved during the Trilateral Contact Group meeting on December 20, but militants were breaking the deal every day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine sometimes opened fire in response.

A vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission exploded, likely on a mine, in the course of  patrolling near Pryshyb on the territory of the occupied territories of Donbas. As a result, one OSCE member died, two were injured.

As it was reported earlier during the past 24 hours, the Russian-occupational authorities continued ignoring the ceasefire regime. The enemy launched aimed attacks from mortars and tank weaponry at the Ukrainian soldiers.

In Luhansk sector, the enemy has grossly violated the cease-fire regime near Novozvanivka, Luhanske, and Troitske. There, the mercenaries opened fire from 120-mm mortars. Moreover, the militants used 82-mm mortars to attack near Popasna. Overall, nine attacks on Ukrainian Army were reported since midnight. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded.

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