OSCE records over 360 explosions in Donbas over past weekend

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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) has recorded 361 explosions in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone in Donbas from 19.30 on December 29 to 19.30 on January 1, according to a report posted on the website of the organization on January 2.

"In Donetsk region between the evenings of 29 and 30 December, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including almost 180 explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours (36 explosions)," reads the report.

According to the mission, "between the evenings of 30 and 31 December, it recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including about 90 explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours." "Between the evenings of 31 December and 1 January, it recorded more ceasefire violations - including, however, a similar number of explosions (84) - compared with the previous 24 hours," reads the report. 

"In Luhansk region between the evenings of 29 and 30 December, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including one explosion, compared with the previous 24 hours (no explosions," observers said.

"Between the evenings of 30 and 31 December, it recorded fewer ceasefire violations - including, however, more explosions (four) - compared with the previous 24 hours. Between the evenings of 31 December and 1 January, it recorded more ceasefire violations - including, however, fewer explosions (two) - compared with the previous 24 hours," reads the report.

"The SMM observed armored combat vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun[2] and other indications of military-type presence in the security zone. In government-controlled areas, the SMM saw, on 30 December, an armored recovery vehicle (BTS-5B) on a flatbed trailer travelling north near Myrna Dolyna (67km north-west of Luhansk), and on 1 January, an armoured personnel carrier (APC) (BTR-variant) parked between houses on the north-western edge of Pobeda (27km west of Donetsk)," the OSCE SMM said. 

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