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Members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) to Ukraine have reported that Russia-led forces have dug a long trench closer to Ukrainian positions near the village of Pervomaiske in Donetsk region.

"On February 15, an SMM long-range UAV spotted for the first time a 200m long trench, running from north to south west of Pervomaiske (non-government-controlled, 59km south of Donetsk), assessed as belonging to the armed formations (not visible in imagery from August 22, 2018), reducing the distance between the forward positions of the armed formations and the Ukrainian Armed Forces," the OSCE SMM said in its update on February 19.

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On February 16, an SMM mini-UAV spotted four fresh craters near previously reported positions of the armed formations in Zolote-5/Mykhailivka, assessed as 82mm mortar rounds (direction of fire not determined).

On the same day, an SMM mid-range UAV spotted 13 fresh craters, assessed as impacts of 120mm mortar rounds (direction of fire not determined), in the non-government-controlled southern part of Dolomitne (53km north-east of Donetsk), near previously reported positions of the armed formations and trenches leading to civilian houses.