KYIV (QHA) -
Last week, a Special OSCE Monitoring Mission recorded 14,698 violations of the ceasefire in the conflict zone in Donbas, which is 15% less than a week before.
The number of explosions from banned heavy weapons has significantly decreased - by 60%, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug reported during a briefing at the Ukrainian crisis media center, as cited by QHA correspondent.

Alexander Hug has rather emotionally stressed the number - almost 15 thousand times "Ukrainians on both sides of the line of contact" were in danger.
“14 698 is the number of times the parties used tanks, artillery, mortars and other weapons systems. This is the number of times when the life and property of Ukrainians from both sides of the contact line were endangered.”
According to Alexander Hug, this statistics indicates that last week was quieter than the one before: the number of cases of ceasefire violation decreased by 15% compared to the previous week.

The number of explosions caused by firing the weapons prohibited under the Minsk Agreement, namely from tanks, mortars, artillery, including rocket launchers, decreased by 60%: 911 explosions against 2238 the week before last.

Commenting on the tendency to reduce the shelling and explosions, Alexander Hug said that he would like to make some positive conclusions and forecasts, but due to the real situation in the Donbas it is not quite possible.
“I want to draw positive conclusions of these statistics, I want to see a descending trend in this context, I want to see the end to this conflict. But the reality is different. As long as the parties keep weapons within the security zone, there is no end in sight. Sometimes we see a decrease in the level of violence, sometimes for political reasons, and sometimes for humanitarian ones. But each time the drop in the level of violence is sharply replaced by its dramatic increase.”
According to Alexander Hug, the outbreak of violence in the Donbas is largely due to the fact that the parties do not withdraw heavy weapons from the security zone.
He gave an example, as last Friday, March 10, the OSCE SMM recorded three self-propelled artillery mounts in the village of Khreshchatytsky (territory controlled by the militants of the so-called "DPR"), although according to the agreements, these automatic control systems were not supposed to be there.
“The village is located nine kilometers from the contact line. And artillery pieces should be withdrawn, at least 25 kilometers from the line of contact.”
Furthermore, on March 14, in the village of Vyskriva in the Luhansk region, controlled by the government of Ukraine, the OSCE unmanned aerial vehicle recorded a howitzer-B, which was towed 10 kilometers from the contact line.

In the opinion of the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, a lot of prohibited heavy weapons are deployed near settlements, which directly threatens the life and health of the civilian population.
"Much of the armament that we record is ​​placed in or around settlements, and any firing inevitably leads to retaliatory fire. And civilians are caught between those two.”
In particular, last week SMM confirmed information about eight civilians who were injured as a result of firing on both sides of the contact line.
 
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