OSCE monitors report about 362 explosions near Donetsk airport on Monday

09:30, 24 June 2015
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine observed 362 explosions near the ruined Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine on June 22, according to an OSCE SMM update.


"Between 09:00 and 17:00hrs, at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) observation point at Donetsk central railway station ("Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR")-controlled, 8km north-west of Donetsk city centre), the SMM observed a total of 362 explosions consistent with artillery and mortar fire as well as bursts consistent with automatic grenade launcher, heavy machine gun and small-arms and light-weapons fire," the update reads.

The SMM said it assessed that the explosions had occurred at locations to the north, north-west, north-east and west and at distances ranging between 2 and 10km from its position.

The SMM also observed 26 airbursts of anti-aircraft weapon at 2-3km west and north-west of its position.

OSCE monitors said that the situation at and around Donetsk airport was tense.

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