The tensions remain very high in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. Monitors from the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE SMM) have recorded an increase in the number of violations of the ceasefire regime in the Donetsk sector of the contact line.
"In the Avdiyivka-Yasynuvata-Donetsk airport triangle, the number of ceasefire violations actually doubled in number, representing more than 70% of all ceasefire violations recorded in the region. There was a 10% increase in the level of violence on the western and northern outskirts of Horlivka," OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug told a briefing conference in Kyiv on Friday.
"There, 10% of total ceasefire violations were recorded," he added.
In his words, in contrast, areas around the villages of Shyrokyne and Kominternove saw a 50% decrease in the number of ceasefire violations, constituting 10% of the total recorded.
Read also: Weapons withdrawal, ceasefire in Donbas conflict zone needed immediately - OSCE SMM
"The largest decrease was recorded along the Svitlodarsk-Debaltseve road. There, the number of ceasefire violations recorded last week decreased by more than 90% compared to the previous week. The numbers recorded in the area were, in fact, the lowest since we opened a forward patrol base in Svitlodarsk in January," he said.