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 Overall security situation in and around Donetsk airport remains tense, - OSCE

The overall security situation in the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”)–controlled Donetsk city as well as in and around the Donetsk airport was tense in the night between 30 and 31 July as well as on 31 July.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraina.

On July 30 from 7:35 p.m. onwards, from its position in Donetsk city center, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observed 40 outgoing explosions assessed as caused by artillery and anti-aircraft guns, 2-5 km west and south-west of its position. On July 31, positioned at the 'DPR'-controlled Donetsk central railway station (8 km north-west of Donetsk), between 8:05 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., the SMM registered six explosions and multiple bursts of small-arms and light-weapons (SALW) fire 3-5 km north, west, north-west, north-northwest.

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The SMM also heard 68 explosions 4-5 km south-southwest estimated as originating from a training ground. Between 12:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., the SMM heard 38 explosions 3-8 km north, north-northeast, north-east, south-west, west and north-west of its position. The SMM observed one incoming anti-aircraft round exploding 3 km to the west of its position.

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Between Donetsk and Kurakhove (37 km south-west of Donetsk), at a distance of up to 300 m east of the first Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint, the SMM spotted 10 impacts on the road and as many impacts in the surrounding fields. The SMM observed fragments of 82-mm mortar (tails, others). It also saw fresh grass and dirt probably thrown by explosions to the road. The SMM did not stop for security reasons.

On the southern outskirts of Olenivka ("DPR"-controlled, 23 km south-west of Donetsk), the SMM passed through a checkpoint operated by armed "DPR" members some with a foreign accent, most likely from the Caucasus.

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