Violence escalates in Yasynuvata-Avdiyivka area in Donbas - OSCE

Violence escalates in Yasynuvata-Avdiyivka area in Donbas - OSCEThe Yasynuvata-Avdiyivka area in Donbas has become a zone closely monitored by OSCE observers, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug said.

This is an illustrative example of outbreaks of violence in relatively quiet zones simply because the positions of opposing sides are too close to one another, Hug said at a press briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

There is an ongoing outbreak of violence in the Kyiv-held town of Avdiyivka, where the monitors have observed 227 shots fired from 52mm artillery systems and 120mm and 82mm mortars.

The SMM has observed 113 explosions of unclear origin in the Kyiv-held town of Yasynuvata, Hug said.

Local residents told OSCE monitors that armed persons in Donetsk were using the roofs of their homes as fire positions.

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The monitors observed 105 explosions in the Donetsk center, mostly in the Kuibysheve district, in the small hours of Monday, he said. Two days earlier OSCE SMM monitors visited that area and saw damaged residential buildings. Locals told the monitors they had seen armed men using the roofs of their houses as fire positions.

The use of dense residential areas as fire positions or locations of military hardware is strongly prohibited, he said.
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