News agency 'Vchasno'

Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as 19 May 2017

In Donetsk region the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations[1], including, however, more explosions (about 310), compared with the previous reporting period (about 230 explosions).

In Luhansk region the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including five explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 20 explosions). On 19 May, positioned 4km south-west of government-controlled Muratove (51km north-west of Luhansk), the SMM, in about 30 minutes, heard five explosions assessed as impacts of rounds of undetermined weapons 10km south-west.

The SMM revisited an “LPR” heavy weapons permanent storage site and continued to observe that seven towed howitzers (D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm) were missing.

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A Ukrainian officer of the JCCC told the SMM that no demining activities had taken place during the previous 24 hours in the Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area and that, with the exception of the main road, the Mission’s safety could not be guaranteed in the surrounding areas due to the possible presence of mines and UXO. The SMM did not consider it safe to proceed and informed the JCCC.

An armed “LPR” member told the SMM that that he could not guarantee the safety of the Mission in the Zolote disengagement area due to the possible presence of mines and UXO. The SMM did not consider it safe to proceed and informed the JCCC.

The SMM could not travel across the bridge in government-controlled Shchastia (20km north of Luhansk) as Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel said no demining had taken place and that the road south of the bridge remained mined. The Mission informed the JCCC.

Armed “DPR”-members denied the SMM access to a compound at the Butovska mine 3km south of Yasynuvata, which the SMM was visiting to follow up on media reports about shelling in the area. The SMM informed the JCCC.