The OSCE SMM in Ukraine reports increasing number of attacks employing heavy weapons. The mission’s deputy head Alexander Hug reported that at a briefing in Kyiv.
‘Last week, the security situation deteriorated. The number of attacks delivered with the use of heavy weapons – tanks, artillery, mortars and multiple missile launchers – grew by 230 percent. We’re especially concerned about 400 cases, where Grad missile systems were used,’ he said.
Hug added that the heavy weaponry is actually not being withdrawn from the frontline in Donbas. On the contrary, the heavy vehicles are being brought back to their initial positions – before the Minsk agreements obliged the warring sides to disengage in specific locations of the combat area.
Earlier today, the OSCE reported that since the beginning of this year, 86 civilians have become the victims of the ongoing hostilities in Donbas; 16 of those lost their lives.