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Intl monitors report sharp rise in truce violations in eastern Ukraine

OSCE special monitoring mission is reporting a sharp rise in truce violations in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces. A peace deal signed last year in Minsk appears to be increasingly fragile, according to Ukraine Today.

"The OSCE SMM is at the moment much concerned about the developments over the past days, we see in particular on the Donetsk side of the security zone a rapid deterioration of the security situation, with an incredible amount of ceasefire violations that we have registered. They reached over thousands in different places on different days,” said Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Ukraine Today reported.

The Minsk peace accords call for freedom of movement for OSCE monitors. That's something the organization says is not being respected in the area beyond government’s control.

The OSCE mission's chief also accused the Russian-backed forces of a cover-up. This comes amid repeated claims from Ukraine that Russia is still sending weapons and fighters into occupied territories.

See unian.info’s video section for more of the latest news from Ukraine in video from Ukraine Today, Ukraine’s 24-hour English-language news channel.

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