OSCE records 8,500 ceasefire violations in Donbas over two weeks

OSCE records 8,500 ceasefire violations in Donbas over two weeks

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) during the period from January 27 to February 9 recorded almost 8,500 ceasefire violations, according to a status report as of February 10, 2020.

“Between 27 January and 9 February, the SMM recorded almost 8,500 ceasefire violations, fewer compared to about 8,900 in the previous two-week period,” the report reads.

The SMM continued to observe anti-tank mines and unexploded ordnance on both sides of the contact line. Specifically, SMM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) spotted about 150 anti-tank mines near Verkhnoshyrokivske and about 110 near Orikhove.

"The SMM recorded 26 weapons in violation of their respective withdrawal lines, compared to 89 in the previous two-week period: three in government-controlled areas and 23 in areas outside government control," the report notes.

In addition, the Mission’s freedom of movement was restricted 55 times (50 in non-government-controlled areas, predominantly in southern Donetsk region).


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