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OSCE most concerned over situation in Svitlodarsk area

Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE records general escalation of the Donbas conflict
15:20, 23 January 2018

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The number of ceasefire violations in Svitlodarsk recorded by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbas last week is twice higher than in the previous reporting period. OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug said this at the briefing at the Ukraine crisis media center Tuesday.

“The situation in Svitlodarsk area is of the most concern. We recorded twice more ceasefire violations than in the previous reporting period,” he noted.

He added that, in general, a slightly larger number of agreement violations was recorded in Donbas compared to the previous week.  

According to Hug, the parties to the conflict in the Donbas have not withdrawn forces along the entire contact line, have not done demining works, and they seem to be preparing for further escalation.

Related: OSCE reports over 350 explosions in a day in Donbas

"They continue to ignore the agreement to end the conflict; the parties do not withdraw the military equipment or forces, do not conduct demining. Instead of fully implementing the agreements, it seems that the parties are doing the opposite, not only do they don’t do the demining works, but lay more mines," he noted.

As it was reported earlier, Alexander Hug stated that the mission’s work term expires in March 2018. Also, Hug added that the mission began its work even before the start of the conflict in the East of the country on March 21, 2014 upon the invitation of the Ukrainian side, and this decision was supported by 57 member countries. Since then, the change in the Mandate was only concerning the number of observers (increase), and the Minsk Agreements in no way affect the OSCE's activities.

Related: Alexander Hug to visit Donbas on January 21-25, - OSCE

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