OSCE: Shelling continues near Donetsk airport
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine continued to observe ceasefire violations at and around the Donetsk airport, while the situation in Luhansk region remained relatively calm.
Positioned at the “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”)-controlled Donetsk railway station (8 km north-west of Donetsk) between 08:40 and 12:30, the SMM heard the sound of 26 mortar rounds – three incoming, four outgoing and 19 undetermined – at a distance of 3-6 km to the north, north-north-east, north-east, and south-east, that’s according to the SMM report, published on Wednesday.
At the same location between 17:12 and 18:30, the SMM heard and in some cases also saw 78 incoming mortar or artillery rounds at distances of between 3-8 km to the north, north-north-west, north-west, and west; and 62 outgoing mortar or artillery rounds at distances of between 3-5 km to the north-west, west, and south-west.
Positioned 3.5 km west-south-west of Shyrokyne (20 km east of Mariupol), the SMM heard a main battle tank (MBT), 3-4 km to the north-east, firing 11 rounds. Later at the same location, the SMM heard the sound of two outgoing 120mm mortar rounds emanating from a location 2-3 km to the north-east. The SMM assessed that the target area was to the east.
The SMM did not observe any ceasefire violations in the Luhansk region during the reporting period but several interlocutors claimed to have heard late-night/early-morning shelling in a number of locations along the contact line.