During the weekend, fighting intensified in Donetsk, where substantially increased shelling was observed. A high level of violence was observed in and around Donetsk airport ("Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR")-controlled, 12km north-west of Donetsk city centre).
Over a period of two days, from its position at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) observation point at Donetsk central railway station ("DPR"-controlled, 8km north-west of Donetsk city centre) and other observation posts in and near Donetsk city centre, the SMM observed more than 500 incoming and outgoing explosions consistent with artillery and mortar fire. The SMM heard 187 of these explosions from its observation post at the central railway station, at locations to the north, north-north-west, south-west, and north-east at distances 2 to 8km.
An increase in ceasefire violations was also observed in areas near Mariupol over the weekend. In government-controlled areas 14-30km north-east of Mariupol, the SMM heard over 170 explosions, mostly incoming and outgoing, consistent with tank (around 100 rounds) and artillery fire, at distances between 1 and 15km from its positions.
The intensification of militants' aggression was recorded by the observers of the Joint Control and Coordination Center before. In particular, according to the Ukrainian side, the dynamics of enemy shelling near Donetsk airport was as follows: on June 16 the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were fired at 28 times, on June 17 - 37 times, June 18 - 41, June 19 - 45, and on June 20 - 53 times.