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OSCE records more than 600 explosions in Donbas over the weekend

Source : 112 Ukraine

OSCE SMM also recorded the presence of armored combat vehicles, anti-aircraft guns and other signs of military presence
09:25, 20 February 2018

TASS

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded 643 explosions in Donbas in the period from 19:30 of February 16 to 19:30 of February 18. This was reported on the website of the organization.

 “In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, between the evenings of 16 and 17 February, including about 530 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 120 explosions). Between the evenings of 17 and 18 February, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including about 90 explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours,” the message says.

In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including 16 explosions, between the evenings of 16 and 17 February, compared with the previous reporting period (about 70 explosions). Between the evenings of 17 and 18 February, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including seven explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours.

Related: One Ukrainian soldier died, four more wounded in Donbas

On 18 February, the SMM saw freshly dug trenches extending for about 800m along a road 2.5km south of Krasnohorivka (government-controlled, 21km west of Donetsk). About 1.3km north-east of the north-eastern edge of the Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area, the SMM saw for the first time barbed wire blocking one of the lanes of road P-22.

As it was reported earlier Ukraine's armed forces have advanced in the western part of Luhansk region, pushing the enemy away from the area of Novooleksandrivka village. Alexander Hug, the first deputy head of OSCE SMM in Ukraine reported this at the breifing on February 16.

OSCE also reported frequent use of the Minsk-banned weaponry in Luhansk region since Wednesday; over 3,000 ceasefire violations were reported over one day, which is the worst index of violence per one day in the entire combat area since March 2017.  

Related: Ukrainian Army, Donbas militants keep moving closer to one another, - Hug

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