OSCE records over 170 explosions in Donbas within one day
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has recorded over 170 explosions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, within one day.
"In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including, however, fewer explosions (about 170), compared with the previous reporting period (about 180 explosions)," the OSCE SMM said in an update covering the period between 19:30 on June 4 and 19:30 on June 5.
In Donetsk region, the SMM heard explosions near the Donetsk Filtration Station, the village of Maiorsk (government-controlled, 45km north-east of Donetsk), the Oktiabr mine (non-government-controlled, 9km north-west of Donetsk), the town of Svitlodarsk (government-controlled, 57km north-east of Donetsk), the town of Debaltseve (non-government-controlled, 58km north-east of Donetsk) and the town of Yasynuvata (non-government-controlled, 16km north-east of Donetsk).
"While conducting a mini-UAV flight in the western part of Zaitseve (government-controlled, 62km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard about 20 shots of small-arms fire, 50-70m south of its position. The SMM assessed that the shots had likely been aimed at the UAV. The SMM landed the UAV, which was undamaged. A few minutes later, two Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers approached the SMM and apologized for shooting at the SMM UAV. The SMM then departed the area," the monitors said.
"In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including, however, more explosions (three explosions), compared with the previous reporting period (one explosion)," the update said.