News agency 'Vchasno'

OSCE Status Report as of 23 February 2017

The SMM noted a de-escalation at the contact line following a flare-up of violence in the Avdiivka-Yasynuvata-Donetsk airport area.

 The situation remained relatively tense and volatile with occasional deterioration in some areas. In the week of 6 to 12 February, the SMM noted a 20% increase in ceasefire violations in areas east and north-east of Mariupol. Similarly, there was a significant number of ceasefire violations in areas south-west of Horlivka.

 From 6 to 12 February, the SMM observed 94 weapons in violation of withdrawal lines. As of 21 February, it has not received the information necessary to verify the weapons to be withdrawn.

The SMM facilitated and monitored localized adherence to the ceasefire to enable repair to essential infrastructure along the contact line, including a gas pipeline in “DPR”-controlled Pikuzy, a high-voltage power line near government-controlled Luhanske, water pipelines near government-controlled Artema and Zolote/Karbonit.

On 20 February, the SMM in co-ordination with the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination facilitated and monitored adherence to the ceasefire to enable successful repairs to power lines damaged in shelling on 18 February which supply electricity to around 22,000 residents of Avdiivka, and to the Donetsk filtration station which provides potable water to around 400,000 people on both sides of the contact line.

The SMM has been monitoring blockades at railway tracks that cross the contact line in Hirske, Bakhmut and Shcherbynivka, observing tents and unarmed men in military-style clothing.