OSCE records significant growth in number of ceasefire violations in Luhansk region
Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in eastern Ukraine have recorded significant growth in the number of ceasefire violations in Luhansk region, the mission's press service said in a statement shared with Interfax-Ukraine.
In particular, the SMM conducted 20 patrolling missions in the region on 26 to monitor the ceasefire observance, the movement and withdrawal of military hardware, and the general humanitarian situation.
"In Luhansk region, the SMM noted an increase in the number of recorded ceasefire violations, including almost 300 explosions compared with two on 25 October," the mission said in a statement.
"Positioned on the government-controlled side of the Zolote-Pervomaisk disengagement area, the SMM heard six explosions assessed as mortar (82mm) rounds, and a ten- and a twenty-minutes long exchange, respectively, of automatic-grenade-launcher, heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all 3-5km south-east (outside the disengagement area)," it said.
"Positioned at the 'LPR' [the self-proclaimed Luhansk people's republic] checkpoint on the edge of the Zolote-Pervomaisk disengagement area, the SMM heard, in about two hours, 190 undetermined explosions, and more than 300 bursts and shots of recoilless gun (SPG), automatic-grenade-launcher, heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, 3-6 km north-north-east; and 97 undetermined explosions 5-15 km south-south-west and west (outside the disengagement area)," it said.
"While in 'LPR'-controlled Kadiivka (formerly Stakhanov, 50 km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard five explosions assessed as artillery rounds, 15 km north-west of its location," it said.
"Positioned 2 km west of government-controlled Dmytrivka (43 km north of Luhansk), the SMM heard two explosions assessed as tank rounds, 2 km east. The SMM assessed the explosions as live-fire exercise at the Dmytrivka training area," the SMM said.