"As of April 2, the ceasefire, which came into force in July 2020, was violated by the Russian-occupation forces 1,074 times, including 138 times with weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. As a result, 25 Ukrainian service members were killed during this period, another 83 were wounded," Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna informed the participating States during the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation meeting on Wednesday, April 28, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
It was pointed out that the security situation remains dangerous and "there is a constant threat due to the presence of Russian-occupation forces in the Ukrainian Crimea and in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions."
Foreign delegations were informed that since January this year, Russia has significantly enhanced the combat effectiveness of its occupying forces in eastern Ukraine (1st and 2nd Army Corps). Currently, it consists of 30,000 people, including 2,000 members of the Russian Armed Forces.
In addition, Russia continues to deliver equipment to its occupying forces in eastern Ukraine through a section of the border not controlled by the Government of Ukraine. In January-April 2021, the Russian Federation delivered about 19,000 tonnes of fuel, 355 tonnes of ammunition, 35 trucks, tanks, and multiple rocket launchers to certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
At the same time, in violation of humanitarian law and its own international obligations, the Russian Federation continues to supply its forces in eastern Ukraine with banned POM-2 antipersonnel mines, which pose a major threat to the civilian population.
"The situation on the ground has deteriorated seriously. Compared to the end of 2020, there is a 1.3-fold increase in the number of attacks, and military losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have more than tripled," the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna said.
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