OSCE records over 250 ceasefire violations in Donbas

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From the beginning of the ceasefire regime on July 27 till 19:30 on August 5, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) recorded 251 ceasefire violations.

The OSCE SMM said this in a report issued on August 6, based on information from the monitoring teams received as of 19:30 on August 5, 2020.

“Following agreement reached at the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on July 22 regarding additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire, from 00:01 on July 27 until the end of the reporting period, the SMM recorded a total of 251 ceasefire violations, both in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (including 45 explosions, two projectiles in flight, three illumination flares and 201 bursts and shots of small-arms fire),” the report reads.

The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske. Inside the latter two areas, an SMM long-range UAV observed people during evening and night hours.

The SMM facilitated and monitored adherence to localised ceasefires to enable the repairs to, maintenance and operation of critical civilian infrastructure.

The Mission visited four border crossing points in non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The SMM continued following up on the situation of civilians amid the COVID-19 outbreak, including at an entry-exit checkpoint in Luhansk region.

The Mission’s freedom of movement continued to be restricted, including near Korsun and Kreminets, and at a border crossing point near non-government controlled Izvaryne.

© 2020 Ukrinform News

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