OSCE SMM records decrease in ceasefire violations in Donbas

OSCE SMM records decrease in ceasefire violations in Donbas

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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded fewer ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the previous 24 hours.

The OSCE SMM said this in a report issued on May 19, based on information from the monitoring teams received as of 19:30 on May 18, 2020.

"In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including however, more explosions (45), compared with the previous 24 hours (13 explosions)," the report says.

About two-thirds of ceasefire violations, including almost all explosions, were recorded near the Donetsk Filtration Station (DFS) (15km north of Donetsk).

“In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including fewer explosions (about 30), compared with the previous 24 hours (about 75 explosions),” the report states.

All ceasefire violations were recorded east, south-east and south-west of the disengagement area near Zolote (government-controlled, 60km west of Luhansk).

In addition, while positioned about 2km east of Bohdanivka (government-controlled, 41km south-west of Donetsk) to conduct a mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight over the western edge of Petrivske (non-government-controlled, 41km south of Donetsk), the SMM heard eight bursts of small-arms fire at an assessed distance of 3.5km east, assessed as aimed at the UAV, which was flying about 3km east of the patrol’s position. The SMM safely landed its UAV and left the area.

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