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OSCE records increase in the number of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine

OSCE records  increase in the number of ceasefire violations in eastern UkraineThe 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.
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