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"The SMM continued to follow up on reports of civilian casualties and shelling. At the hospital in "DPR"-controlled Dokuchaievsk (30km south-west of Donetsk) the SMM saw a man who had sustained shrapnel wounds when allegedly a mortar round had exploded next to his house in Pobeda Street in Yasne (30km south-west of Donetsk) on October 31. Medical staff at the hospital said that the man had several fragments of metal shrapnel (1-3mm) under his skin," the OSCE SMM said in a daily update on November 4, which is based on information received as of 19:30 on November 2, 2016.

Read alsoATO HQ reports escalation in Mariupol sector"In the Serhiivka area, between "DPR"-controlled Uzhivka and Sakhanka (both 24km north-east of Mariupol), the SMM observed a fresh crater six metres from a house. A Russian Federation Armed Forces officer at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) present at the site showed the SMM a tail fin of a mortar round (120mm) lying on the ground nearby. The SMM also observed broken windows and pieces of shrapnel inside the house, and shrapnel damage to walls of an adjacent small kitchen, and a completely destroyed pen," the report says.

As UNIAN reported earlier, First Deputy Chairperson of Ukraine's Vekrhovna Rada and Ukrainian envoy for humanitarian issues at Minsk peace talks Iryna Gerashchenko announced at a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday, October 25, that 495 Ukrainian women and 68 Ukrainian children had been killed amid Russian aggression in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.

"It's women and children that are most vulnerable in the face of this war. According to recent data, there are 1.7 million internally displaced persons in Ukraine. Of them, there are about 900,000 women and 236,000 children. In the past two years, 495 Ukrainian women were killed in Donbas," Gerashchenko said.