The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the previous 24 hours. The SMM followed up on reports of civilian casualties in Bakhmut and Sentianivka, and observed damage caused by shelling on both sides of the contact line. The Mission continued monitoring the three disengagement areas, but its access remained restricted. This was reported on the OSCE official site.
The SMM followed up on reports of civilian casualties and damage caused by shelling. In the hospital in government-controlled Bakhmut (formerly Artemivsk, 67km north of Donetsk), a woman (aged 24) with a bandage on her leg told the SMM that at 10:30 on 4 March, while on Manuilskoho Street (near buildings 43 and 44) in the government-controlled neighbourhood of Zhovanka in Zaitseve (50km north-east of Donetsk), she had been struck by shrapnel from a 120mm mortar shell that had landed 300-400m from her, an assessment that corresponded with SMM observations on 6 March (see SMM Daily Report 7 March 2017). The hospital’s head doctor said the woman would be hospitalized for ten more days.
The SMM observed armoured combat vehicles (ACVs) and an anti-aircraft gun, as well as tracks of military-type vehicles, in the security zone. In non-government-controlled areas the SMM saw one armoured personnel carrier (APC) (BTR-70) traveling north-west near Yasynuvata, one IFV (BMP-1) being towed by a truck heading east in Luhansk city, one IFV (BMP-variant) south of the Prince Ihor monument near Stanytsia Luhanska, and one APC (MT-LB) heading south-east near Lomuvatka (57km south-west of Luhansk). The SMM also saw tracks assessed as those of at least three ACVs west of Starobesheve (32km south-east of Donetsk).
The SMM noted the presence of unexploded ordnance (UXO). The SMM saw for the first time a grenade launcher round (PG-7L) lying in tyre tracks on the northern shoulder of the road leading west from a checkpoint near “DPR”-controlled Oleksandrivka (20km south-west of Donetsk). The round was pointing in a northerly direction and had been marked off by glass bottles.
Earlier OSCE explained why did not send observers to Avdiivka. SMM did not send a patrol to the area due to the constant violations of the ceasefire regime registered by the mission.