SMM faced freedom of movement restrictions almost 850 times last year

SMM faced freedom of movement restrictions almost 850 times last year

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During 2020, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) faced restrictions on freedom of movement almost 850 times, 96% of which occurred in non-government-controlled areas of Donbas.

This was said in a report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine entitled "Trends and Observations in 2020," Ukrinform reports.

“During 2020, the SMM faced freedom of movement restrictions not related to mines and unexploded ordnance on almost 850 occasions. About 96% of these restrictions took place in non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” the report reads.

According to the Mission, such incidents were concentrated mostly in the south of non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk region, as well as on checkpoints near crossing routes.

The report also says that last year 87% of all non-withdrawn weapons were spotted in the occupied territories. “In 2020, the SMM observed over 1,800 weapons in violation of the agreed withdrawal lines. About 87% of these weapons were observed in non-government-controlled areas," it says.

In addition, since the enactment of additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire on July 27, 2020, the SMM has recorded the lowest levels of armed violence since the beginning of the conflict.

As Ukrinform reported, between January 25 and February 7, 2021, the freedom of movement of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) in Donbas was restricted 22 times, all but once in non-government-controlled areas.

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