The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported an increase in ceasefire violations in Donetsk region between the night of December 2 and the evening of December 3.
”The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk region in the reporting period between the night of December 2 and the evening of December 3, including more than 300 explosions compared with 209 in the previous reporting period, and fewer on December 4, including about 70 explosions,” the mission said in its regular update based on information received as of 19:30 local time on December 4, 2016.
Most of the ceasefire violations occurred north of the city of Donetsk, with the SMM camera in Avdiyivka recording exchanges of fire at various times during the reporting period, and in areas west of Horlivka and east and south-east of Svitlodarsk.
In Luhansk region, the mission recorded fewer ceasefire violations on both December 3 and December 4 compared with the previous reporting period.
”In Luhansk region the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations on December 3, including 18 explosions, compared with 50 on December 2. On December 4 the SMM recorded one burst of heavy-machine-gun fire. Positioned in government-controlled Triokhizbenka (32km north-west of Luhansk) on December 3, the SMM heard five explosions assessed as mortar fire,” the report said.
OSCE monitors continued to face restrictions of their movement in the disengagement areas in Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske, as well as in other areas.