15:59 Jul. 22, 2016
OSCE deputy chief monitor says heavy weapons still present on both sides of frontline
This week saw 25 per cent increase in shelling in eastern Ukraine combat zone, with heavy weapons present on the both sides of the frontline, reported OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) deputy chief, Alexander Hug during a briefing.
According to him, last week the number of attacks reduced in the area of Avdiivka, Yasynuvata and Donetsk airport; however, this week the shelling became more intensive.
Hug added both soldiers and civilians have been killed this week.
Hug: Civilians killed/injured on both sides of contact line last wk. Worrying rise in deaths of members of armed formations/forces #Ukraine— OSCE SMM Ukraine (@OSCE_SMM) July 22, 2016
He also reported 90 per cent of attacks happen at night.
SMM's deputy chief states the observers are still often denied access to different objects in the combat zone, mostly by the Russian-backed separatist forces.