OSCE recorded 332 ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine over past weekend

OSCE recorded 332 ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine over past weekend

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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded 267 ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and 65 in Luhansk region between the evenings of 16 and 18 April, according to an OSCE SMM report.

“In Donetsk region, between the evenings of 16 and 18 April, the SMM recorded 267 ceasefire violations, including 94 explosions (two impacts, one airburst and 91 undetermined),” the report reads.

The majority of ceasefire violations occurred on the evenings of 16 and 17 April at easterly directions of Maiorsk (government-controlled, 45km north-east of Donetsk), on the evening of 16 April at westerly directions of Oktiabr mine (non-government-controlled, 9km north-west of Donetsk city centre) and at westerly directions of Kramatorsk (government-controlled, 83km north of Donetsk), which were assessed as a probable live-fire exercise outside the security zone.

In Luhansk region, between the evenings of 16 and 18 April, the Mission recorded 65 ceasefire violations, including 21 undetermined explosions.

The majority of ceasefire violations occurred between the evenings of 17 and 18 April at north-westerly directions of Kadiivka (formerly Stakhanov, non-government-controlled, 50km west of Luhansk), at south-easterly directions of Popasna (government-controlled, 69km west of Luhansk) and at westerly directions of the disengagement area near Zolote (government-controlled, 60km west of Luhansk).

As reported, the Russian armed forces have recently been building up troops near the state border of Ukraine in the north, east and south, as well as in occupied Crimea. In addition, the number of ceasefire violations by the armed formations of the Russian Federation in eastern Ukraine has increased; there are losses among the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, the Russian Federation is conducting a propaganda campaign to justify possible aggression against Ukraine.

The U.S. and the EU announced their support for Ukraine and called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border.

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