OSCE reports 240 Grad rocket explosions in Donetsk region within one day
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported 240 explosions of 122mm BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems in Donetsk region, which were recorded on the evening of February 7.
"On the evening of February 7, while in Svitlodarsk (government-controlled, 57km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard and saw 60 explosions assessed as outgoing rounds of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) (BM-21 Grad, 122mm) 5-7km north-east, 180 explosions assessed as impacts of MLRS (BM-21) 5-7km south-east, about 180 explosions (150 assessed as impacts of artillery rounds," the OSCE SMM said in an update based on information received as of 19:30 on February 8, 2018.
Read alsoU.S. Mission to OSCE continues insisting Russia behind Donbas warIn Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 740 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 420 explosions), OSCE observers said.
In particular, ceasefire violations were recorded at the Donetsk Filtration Station (15km north of the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk), the village of Shyrokyne (20km east of the Ukrainian-controlled strategic port city of Mariupol), at the Oktiabr mine (non-government-controlled, 9km north-west of Donetsk city center), in Svitlodarsk (government-controlled, 57km north-east of Donetsk), Yasynuvata (non-government-controlled, 16km north-east of Donetsk), Horlivka (non-government-controlled, 39km north-east of Donetsk), and Oleksandropil (government-controlled, 43km north of Donetsk).
Meanwhile, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Luhansk region and no explosions compared with the previous reporting period (about 1,740 explosions).