SMM records fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region – report

SMM records fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region – report

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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and significantly more in Luhansk region compared with the previous reporting period.

The OSCE SMM said this in a report issued on April 22, based on information from the monitoring teams received as of 19:30 on April 21, 2020.

"In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including fewer explosions (about 20), compared with the previous reporting period (about 170)," the report says.

About two-thirds of ceasefire violations were recorded at northerly and westerly directions of the Donetsk Filtration Station (DFS) (15km north of Donetsk).

“In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded an approximate fifteen-fold increase in the number of ceasefire violations, including an approximate twelve-fold increase in the number of explosions (about 75), compared with the previous reporting period (six explosions),” the report states.

Almost all ceasefire violations were recorded at northerly directions of Berezivske (nongovernment-controlled, 53km north-west of Luhansk), where the SMM heard and saw about 25 explosions assessed as impacts of undetermined weapons, and in areas north of Trokhizbenka (government-controlled, 32km north-west of Luhansk), including 700 shots of small-arms fire assessed as live-fire exercise inside the security zone, in violation of the decision of the Trilateral Contact Group of 3 March 2016 that prohibits the conduct of live - fire training in the security zone.

In addition, members of the armed formations continued to deny the Mission passage at checkpoints in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions along official crossing routes. These restrictions constitute an impediment to the implementation of the Mission’s mandate.

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