Violence in Donetsk region increased, - OSCE report

Violence in Donetsk region increased,  - OSCE reportThe OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has published a weekly report on the situation in eastern Ukraine as of April 6.

A new OSCE report states an increase in violence in the Donetsk region.

"More than half of all ceasefire violations registered in Donetsk region were recorded in the Yasynuvata-Avdiyivka area. Significant fighting was also observed in Svitlodarsk, areas northwest of Donetsk city and near the Donetsk airport. The SMM also noted a rise in ceasefire violations in southern Donetsk region", - the mission states.

The issue of unexploded ordnance and mines has not been solved yet. The mission reports no progress in "marking, fencing off and mapping of areas close to entry-exit civilian checkpoints along the contact line". The deadline for this action expired on March 31.

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"On March 31the SMM monitored the situation affecting stranded civilians at checkpoints in Zolote. Ukrainian Armed Forces had earlier announced the opening of a new checkpoint enabling civilians to cross the contact line but armed Russian-backed separatist forces on the Luhansk territory, citing security concerns, denied them passage. This left over 300 civilians stranded on the road between the two checkpoints. The SMM liaised with Ukrainian authorities to transport the civilians, many of them elderly, back to government-controlled areas", - OSCE reports.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine gathers information and reports each day on the security situation with daily reports, and in response to specific incidents on the ground with spot reports.
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