OSCE monitors report a sharp escalation in ceasefire violations along the front lines separating Ukrainian and separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine reported in its latest daily bulletin that in the 24 hours until 7:30 p.m. local time on February 16, they recorded 189 ceasefire violations in the Donetsk region, including 128 an explosion.
In the previous reporting period, 24 ceasefire violations were recorded in the area. In the Luhansk region, the mission recorded 402 ceasefire violations, including 188 explosions, when in the previous reporting period it recorded 129 ceasefire violations in the region.
SMM reported that a member of the armed formations [separatist forces] The SMM patrol threatened a training ground in the Luhansk region.
The Mission’s freedom of movement remained restricted, including in a heavy weapons storage area in a government-controlled area of the Luhansk region, a permanent storage site and a heavy weapons storage area in non-government-controlled areas of the Donetsk region, and in a training area in a non-controlled area government in the Luhansk region.
“Its unmanned aerial vehicles again encountered GPS signal interference, which has been assessed as a possible interference,” she said.
The breaches continued on Thursday. A resident of the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk told CNN that the bombing in her area was the heaviest in two years. There was no clarity as to the source of this fire.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that as a result of “allegations of civilian casualties and damage to civilian property and infrastructure sites in the past 24 hours, the mission has redirected a number of its patrols in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including a kindergarten and a railway station in Stanitsia Luhanska.” (Government-controlled, 16 kilometers northeast of Luhansk).
The kindergarten was hit by artillery shelling at dawn today, Thursday. Two people were slightly injured, according to the Ukrainian authorities.
Both sides of the conflict accused the other of violating the ceasefire on Thursday. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said that as of 2 pm local time Thursday, its forces had recorded “34 ceasefire violations committed by the Russian occupation forces, 28 of which were using weapons prohibited by the Russian occupation forces.” Minsk Agreements.”
The Donetsk People’s Republic said on Thursday that “since the beginning of the current day, the Ukrainian militants have violated the ceasefire 22 times.”