OSCE SMM records explosions near Popasna in Luhansk region

OSCE SMM records explosions near Popasna in Luhansk region

The OSCE SMM patrol has recorded explosions near Popasna.

This is reported by the OSCE Headquarters.

"At around 19:15 on December 18, while at its forward patrol base on the northern edge of government-controlled Popasna (69km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard five undetermined explosions 500-600m north-east, followed by three explosions assessed as outgoing rounds of undetermined weapons within 1.5km south-west," the statement said.

The SMM staff (consisting of five monitoring officers, a paramedic and a language assistant) at the forward patrol base immediately gathered near the base’s basement shelter and remained there the entire evening. At around 19:50, the SMM informed via telephone Ukrainian Armed Forces and Russian Federation Armed Forces officers of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) of the shelling; the latter told the Mission to contact the armed formations directly.

At around 10:00 on December 19, the SMM left the forward patrol base and subsequently reached government-controlled Sievierodonetsk (74km north-west of Luhansk) safely.


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