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OSCE records threefold increase of ceasefire violations in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the OSCE SMM Chief Monitor, the security situation in eastern Ukraine is not improving
17:57, 9 July 2021

Ambassador Y. Halit Çevik, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM
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Ambassador Y. Halit Çevik, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine stated threefold increase in ceasefire violations in Donbas. The OSCE press service reported this.

The security situation in eastern Ukraine is not improving and challenges are becoming acute,” said Ambassador Y. Halit Çevik.

"“The Mission has observed a threefold increase in ceasefire violations since my last report,” said Çevik. Fighting has taken place in more locations along the contact line, and there has been a noticeable rise in the use of more lethal and destructive weapons, and with it greater damage to civilian infrastructure. The Chief Monitor also stressed that the deterioration of the security situation in two disengagement areas was particularly regrettable, as these were symbols of the sides’ commitments to peaceful resolution," the message says.

Furthermore, Çevik drew the Council’s attention to the fact that 25 civilian casualties had been recorded by the SMM between 21 March and 6 June 2021. He added that nearly 75% of those casualties were due to mines, UXO and other explosive objects, noting that the sides needed “to make urgent progress on commitments related to mine action”.

Related: Day in Donbas: Six ceasefire violations before noon of 9 July

The Chief Monitor underlined that 80% of the Mission’s long-range UAV flights have been affected by jamming, which had recently led to the crash of another aircraft.

In closing, the SMM’s Chief Monitor called on the sides to return to a constructive approach, both on the ground and in the Working Group on Security Issues of Trilateral Contact Group, emphasizing that progress could be made only if they took ownership and rose to their responsibilities.

Earlier, OSCE SMM reported the worsening situation in areas of division of forces in Donbas.

Related: Ukraine to OSCE: Russia blocks TCG talks, demanding Ukraine to start dialogue with occupied Donbas

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