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OSCE records increase of ceasefire violations in Donbas: 300 blasts

Around 220 explosions were recorded in Donetsk region and 80 – in Luhansk region
13:23, 8 February 2018

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The observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded the increase of ceasefire violations in Donbas in the period from February 5 to February 6. This was reported by the OSCE on its official website.

“In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations including about 220 explosions compared with the previous reporting period (about 200 explosions),” the message says.

In Donetsk region, the violations were spotted in the area of Donetsk Filtration Station, Svitlodarsk, Yasynuvata, Lebedynske and Vasylivka.

“In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 80 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (no ceasefire violations),” the report says.

Positioned south-west of Myrne (non-government-controlled, 28km south-west of Luhansk), the SMM heard 45 explosions 5-10km north-west, assessed as a live-fire training.

Related: OSCE records over 600 explosions in Donbas on February 2-4

the SMM positioned north-west of Almazna (non-government-controlled, 55km west of Luhansk), hear 800 shots of small-arms fire 2km south-west, assessed as a live-fire training inside the security zone, in violation of the decision of the Trilateral Contact Group as of 3 March 2016 that prohibits the conduct of live-fire training (exercises) in the security zone.

As it was reported earlier 86 civilians died in the battle actions in Donbas in 2017. Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine said this in the interview.

Hug added that the distance between both sides changed in 2017. In general, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission registered more than 401,000 violations of the ceasefire.

Related: OSCE patrol almost under fire on militant territory

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