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

At the same time, in Luhansk region there has been a decrease in number of ceasefire violations
10:44, 6 February 2018

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In Donetsk region, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded a similar number of ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and fewer in Luhansk region between the evenings of 2 and 3 February compared with the previous reporting period. This was reported by OSCE SMM on the website of the organization.

“In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded a similar number of ceasefire violations[1] between the evenings of 2 and 3 February, including, however, fewer explosions (about 340), compared with the previous reporting period (about 1,100 explosions). Between the evenings of 3 and 4 February, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including about 290 explosions compared with the previous 24 hours,” the message says.

During the day on 3 February, positioned on the south-western edge of government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) for over five hours, the SMM heard 20 undetermined explosions, 14 shots of infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) (BMP-2) cannon (30mm) fire, as well as 24 bursts and shots of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all 2-5km at directions ranging from east-north-east to south-south-east.       

At the same time, in Luhansk region there has been a decrease in number of ceasefire violations.

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As it was reported earlier the OSCE SMM patrol was almost under small-arms fire on the territory that’s under control of the “DPR” militants.

“At 14:08, five SMM members were standing in between the SMM’s armoured vehicles when they heard the hissing sound of three bullets flying west to east over their heads and saw one of the bullets land 10-15m east of the SMM. The SMM patrol immediately left the area and returned safely to its base in Donetsk city at 14:55,” the report said.

The incident occurred yesterday, Feb. 2, about 2.5km south-west of “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata.

Before this, the mission spotted a few more attacks. 

Related: Donbas: OSCE reports 88 explosions over 24 hours

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