OSCE records new victims on both sides in Donbas

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reports casualties as a result of ceasefire violation

10 November 2015 18:00

Alexander Hug, head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), announced that the ceasefire is ‘extremely fragile’, Deutsche Welle reports.

“Unfortunately, the SMM observers have recorded human losses in the past two weeks, not as a result of road accident of mine firing, but because of the continuation of conflict by both sides. In recent days, the situation has improved a little, but the fact that people are dying indicates that the ceasefire is extremely fragile,” he said.

Alexander Hug also pointed out that the areas on both sides of the demarcation line are heavily mined and littered with unexploded ordnance.

“In this respect, the situation in area near the Donetsk Airport and both banks of the river in Stanytsia Luhanska settlement is problematic. We try to convince both sides to fence the mine areas and train civilians on what to do under such circumstances. We do our best to mobilize both parties to provide mine clearance of the territories,” said the head of the OSCE mission.