OSCE monitors hear over 60 explosions near Donetsk airport on July 6

22:57, 07 July 2015
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine heard over 60 explosions near the destroyed Donetsk airport on July 6, the OSCE SMM said in its daily update.

The OSCE reports that the situation at and around Donetsk airport was tense on Monday / Photo from UNIAN

The situation at and around Donetsk airport was tense, the update said.

"Between 07:30 and 17:30hrs, at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination observation point at Donetsk central railway station ("Donetsk People's Republic"-controlled, 8km north-west of Donetsk city centre), the SMM heard over 60 explosions, consistent with incoming and outgoing mortar fire, as well as bursts consistent with small-arms, automatic grenade launcher, heavy machine-gun and anti-aircraft gun fire," the update said.

The SMM assessed that the explosions occurred at locations to the north-east, north, north-west and west at distances between 3 and 8km from its position.

According to the update, the situation in and around Shyrokyne (20km east of Ukrainian-controlled Mariupol) remained calm. From its observation points located 1.5km and 3.5km west of Shyrokyne, the SMM did not observe any military activity.

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