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In 2017, 87 civilians deceased in Donbas combat area, - OSCE SMM

Since the beginning of the year, 39 civilians lost their lives in war-torn eastern Ukraine
18:14, 18 October 2018

OSCE

Over the past week, OSCE SMM observers reported over 3,700 violations of the ceasefire and confirmed the deaths of two civilians. Alexander Hug, the Mission's first deputy head said this as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

'The security situation did not change much over the week. Over the past three days, an increased level of violence was observed. On the first four days of the week, the Mission reported 1,400 cases, and over the last three it witnessed over 2,300, which is a 60-percent increase,' he said.

Hug added that the observers confirmed deaths of two local residents, and another two were wounded. 'The responsibility lies with those who don't live up to their commitments,' he said.

The official added that since the beginning of the year, 39 civilians lost their lives in war-torn eastern Ukraine. In 2017, the number made 87. 

As is known, Alexander Hug will leave the office on October 31.

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