This has been discussed during a meeting between Viktor Muzhenko, the Chief of the General Staff - Сommander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and Alexander Hug, the First Deputy Chairman of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry’s press service reported on Saturday.
"During the meeting with Alexander Hug, the First Deputy Chairman of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, Chief of the General Staff - Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko drew the attention of the international observers to the increase in attacks on Ukrainian positions in the ATO area by the Russian occupation forces. He emphasized the importance of increasing the capabilities of the OSCE SMM to observe the situation and to monitor the implementation of the Minsk agreements," reads a statement.
Muzhenko also recalled that during the period of December 2016 – January 2017 the occupation forces violated the ceasefire regime 1,730 times. About 60 percent of attacks on Ukrainian positions take place in the evening and at night when the OSCE SMM patrols do not monitor the situation.