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 Number of cease-fire violations in and around Donetsk airport decreased

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has published a new report for the media and the general public.

The SMM concluded that this was the lowest number of observed explosions during this week, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainska Pravda.

Positioned at the "DPR"-controlled central railway station (8 km north-west of Donetsk) between 8 a.m. and 3:22 a.m., the SMM heard 20 explosions, out of which 13 were consistent with 82mm and 120mm mortar rounds incoming, while seven were undetermined, at locations ranging from 1 to 5.6 km and from the north-north-east to the west of the SMM's position.

There were no cease-fire violations observed in Shyrokyne. The SMM noted that crates of small-arms ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) seen during its last visit to Shyrokyne on July 12, were no longer there. The SMM discovered full boxes of anti-personnel mines.

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The SMM continued to facilitate vital repair work on the water-supply system near "DPR"-controlled Horlivka (39km north-east of Donetsk). However, while at the site the SMM heard at 11:05 a.m. approximately 300 metres from its position shots of small-arms fire followed by intensified exchange of fire from a north-westerly and south-easterly direction. The SMM saw how workers from Voda Donbasa were getting cover by their trucks. The SMM decided to leave the area.

Following days of intensive negotiations in government-controlled Krasnohorivka (21km-west of Donetsk) and in Petrovskyi district ("DPR"-controlled, 23 south-west of Donetsk) the SMM managed to facilitate a ceasefire to support repair works on a power line damaged by shelling in January. The repair work was primarily focused on repairs to the system affecting some 10,000 people in Krasnohorivka.

The SMM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) continued to observe concentrations of military hardware in "DPR"-controlled areas: in Komsomolske (49km south of Donetsk) seven main-battle tanks (MBT), 24 armoured personnel carriers (APC), four infantry fighting vehicles (BTR) and at least 35 military-type trucks. In Bila Kamyanka (52km south of Donetsk) UAVs spotted two MBTs.

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