OSCE claims significant deterioration in situation in Donbas

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has registered a significant deterioration in the security situation in the Donbas, including through the use of artillery and mortars.

As reported, observers have recorded a significant increase in cease-fire violations in the Donetsk region compared with the previous day, Censor.NET informs referring to OSCE website.

In particular, in the evening of Feb. 28 whilst in "DPR"-controlled Donetsk city centre, the SMM recorded 95 undetermined explosions west of its position. While positioned at the "DPR"-controlled Donetsk central railway station, Feb. 29, the SMM heard more than 174 explosions assessed as caused by artillery and mortar rounds and two undetermined blasts and impacts.

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The mission also recorded hundreds of rounds fired from a range of weapons including small arms, light and heavy machine-guns, 30-mm cannons, and automatic grenade launchers from distances of 0.5-10 km from the south, west, south-south-west, north, north-north-east, and north-north-west of its position.

At the same time, during the evening and night hours of Feb. 28-29 whilst in government-controlled Svitlodarsk, the SMM recorded 54 undetermined explosions and 50 single shots of small arms 4 km south-east of its position.

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Also, whilst 2 km north-west of "DPR"-controlled Debaltseve, on Feb. 29 the SMM heard ten undetermined explosions 8 km north-west of its position.

In "DPR"-controlled Oleksandrivka, the SMM recorded 43 undetermined explosions and six bursts of 23-mm cannon fire. Whilst near "DPR"-controlled Petrovskyi district (16 km south-west of Donetsk), the SMM heard 21 undetermined explosions and 34 bursts and 50 single shots of small arms. Over the course of two hours, whilst in government-controlled Marinka (23 km south-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard 23 undetermined explosions and 21 bursts of small-arms and heavy-machine-gun fire 1-2 km north-east and 38 undetermined explosions and 15 shots from an automatic grenade launcher 3-6 km north-east of its position.

In the vicinity of "DPR"-controlled Zaichenko, over a two-hour period the SMM recorded over 50 undetermined explosions and intensive firing from mortar, artillery, and small arms.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n377100