OSCE records over 300 cases of shelling near Donetsk airport on Thursday

23:02, 10 July 2015
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine recorded over 300 cases of shelling near the destroyed Donetsk airport in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, July 9.

OSCE observers recorded over 300 cases of shelling near the destroyed Donetsk airport / Photo from UNIAN

"Although significantly less than the previous day, the level of violence at and around the destroyed "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR")-controlled airport (12km north-west of Donetsk) was high," the OSCE SMM said in its daily update based on information received as of 19:30 Kyiv time on July 9.

"Positioned at the "DPR"-controlled central railway station (8km north-west of Donetsk), the SMM between 7:50 and 13:00hrs heard the sounds of 103 incoming, 98 outgoing and nine indeterminate rounds. The rounds – either artillery or mortars – impacted in or were fired from locations 3-10km to the north-east, north, north-west and west of the SMM's position," the update said.

At the same location between 12:45 and 18:00hrs, the SMM heard an additional 121 incoming and outgoing artillery or mortar rounds, plus small arms and light weapons and anti-aircraft fire.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense, but stable and controllable by the ATO forces. However, the ATO press center has said, combined Russian-separatist forces have more frequently fired artillery systems on civilian residential areas in recent days.

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