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Donbas: Ukrainian army advanced in Luhansk region, - OSCE SMM

Source : 112 Ukraine

The government troops pushed forward in the area of Novooleksandrivka
16:08, 16 February 2018

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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 that at a briefing on Friday.

'Our monitoring officers have established the facts that suggest that units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have moved forward in western Luhansk region, in the vicinity of the village of Novooleksandrivka,' Hug said.

Last week, OSCE observers spotted combat vehicles on both sides of the division line in the combat area; they reported the presence of 15 vehicles; nine of them belong to Ukrainian forces, six to the illegal armed units of pro-Kremlin militants. 

Related: Novooleksandrivka village in Donbas "gray zone" returns to Ukraine

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.  

Last month, fighters of the Ukrainian army entered the village of Novooleksandrivka, Luhansk region, which lies in the so-called gray zone of the combat zone in Donbas since 2015. According to the Ukrainian military, this act does not contradict the spirit of Minsk agreement.

Currently, there are some twenty people residing in the village, and they have no access to gas or electricity.    

Related: Ukrainian Army enters Novooleksandrivka, Luhansk region

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