OSCE SMM observes decline in number of shootouts in Donetsk airport area

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE) observed a lower number of ceasefire violations at and around the Donetsk airport on 5 July, as compared to previous days.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE) observed a lower number of ceasefire violations at and around the Donetsk airport on 5 July, as compared to previous days.

The mission made the statement in its report posted on Monday evening and containing information as of 7:30 p.m. on July 5.

"At the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) observation point at Donetsk central railway station … on 4 July, the SMM heard, and in some cases saw, a total of 124 explosions, as compared to 27 explosions on 5 July. On 4 July, in the SMM's presence, the JCCC representatives at the observation point at Donetsk railway station negotiated a ceasefire, which lasted for 40 minutes," the report said.

"In the area of Berdianske and Sopyne (the SMM observed movement of military trucks and vehicles; however, three male and two female residents told the SMM that there had been no shelling," the mission reported.

"At the JCCC headquarters in Soledar (government-controlled, 75km north of Donetsk), the SMM was presented with two logbooks, compiled independently by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Russian Federation Armed Forces representatives at the JCCC. For 3 July, 53 ceasefire violations were indicated in the Ukrainian Armed Forces logbook, out of which 15 were attributed to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and 38 to the "DNR" and the "Lugansk People's Republic" ("LNR"). According to Russian Federation Armed Forces logbook, there had been 63 violations over the same time period, out of which 27 were attributed to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and 36 to the "DNR" and the "LNR"," the mission reported.

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