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Hug: Over 300,000 ceasefire violations in Donbas observed in 2017 alone
08:43, 8 November 2017
Hug: Over 300,000 ceasefire violations in Donbas observed in 2017 alone

The conflict will be more unpredictable and may lead to more victims among civilians, if sides continue to ignore the Minsk agreements, - OSCE SMM deputy head

08:43, 8 November 2017

Deutsche Welle

The military conflict in Donbas is far from being considered ‘frozen’. Alexander Hug, the first deputy head of OSCE SMM said that in his interview with Deutsche Welle.  

‘It is important that we understand this: recently, positions of the warring sides have approached the division line, even though the line itself has not moved much. Brutal fights are taking place here and there. This conflict provoked a lot of violence; over this year alone, about 300,000 ceasefire violations were observed. This means that the conflict is far from being ‘frozen’. It’s still in the active phase, and it’s still quite unpredictable,’ Hug said.

OSCE SMM deputy head also added that if sides fail to observe the Minsk agreements, the conflict might lead to more victims among civilians.  

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