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 OSCE recorded 22 thousand shelling and death of 43 civilians in Donbas since beginning of 2018

In 2018, citizens crossed demarcation line 13.5 million times
21:33, 29 November 2019

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A special monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has recorded 22,000 shelling and the death of 43 civilians since the beginning of 2018 in the Donbas. The OSCE report stated this, Ukrainian news reports.

“During the reporting period, about 22 thousand ceasefire violations were recorded within 5 km of checkpoints. The mission also confirmed ten civilian casualties in their vicinity, three of which died ... Since the beginning of 2018, 40 civilians, mostly elderly people, died of natural causes, such as strokes and heart attacks, while they were waiting for the line of contact to cross," - the report said.

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The OSCE notes that tens of thousands of citizens cross the contact line daily to gain access to pensions, social services and benefits, health care, to buy food and goods, or to visit family members.

According to the State Border Service, in 2018, citizens crossed the demarcation line 13.5 million times, while in 2016 - 8.5 million, while in 2019, the growth trend continues.

As we reported, the division of forces in Zolote, Luhansk region took place. OSCE Monitoring Mission has officially confirmed this on November 27. According to the Joint Forces Operation HQ, Ukraine lived up to its commitments within Minsk agreements on the division of troops and vehicles.

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