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OSCE observers report over 700 explosions in a day in Donbas

The Special Monitoring Mission also spotted many anti-tank mines
09:56, 10 February 2018

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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reported hearing 740 explosions from 19:30 Feb.7 to 19:30 Feb.8, according to their report from Feb. 9.

In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 740 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 420 explosions).

In Luhansk region, however, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations and no explosions compared with the previous reporting period (about 1,740 explosions).

Related: Ukraine asks OSCE for continuing mandate mission for another year

Moreover, the mission spotted many land mines in the region. “The SMM observed mines near Shyrokyne for the first time. An SMM mid-range UAV on 7 February spotted about 85 anti-tank mines (type undetermined) in two rows in a field along the eastern side of a road on the eastern edge of Vodiane (government-controlled, 94km south of Donetsk),” it is said.

“About 3km north of Shyrokyne, an SMM mid-range UAV spotted at least 300 anti-tank mines in a field near Ukrainian Armed Forces positions and, just north of road E58 near Shyrokyne, a further 300 anti-tank mines (type undetermined) were spotted in another field. East of Shyrokyne, close to positions of the armed formations, the SMM mid-range UAV spotted two rows of 20 anti-tank mines (type undetermined) across road E58 (not present in imagery from 5 August 2017),” the mission continued.

Two anti-tank mines were spotted for the first time not far from Zernove, in the government uncontrolled territory.

Related: OSCE observers spot Russian military vehicles in occupied part of Donetsk region

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