OSCE Monitoring Mission Report: OSCE reports 100% increase in restrictions of observers' movement in eastern Ukraine

15:59 Jul. 22, 2016

OSCE reports 100% increase in restrictions of observers' movement in eastern Ukraine

Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. (UNIAN Photo)

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.

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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.

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.

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