The OSCE mission left the base in Popasnaya

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Observers special monitoring mission of the OSCE February 24, left a front line patrol base in the area of Popasnaya of the Luhansk region from-for continuous attacks. This was reported by the press service of the mission.

“The evening of February 23, is at the forefront of SMM patrol base located on the Northern outskirts of Popasnaya, observers heard continuous violations of the ceasefire, most of which are fixed in 3-4 km to the South-East. Approximately 21.14 team SMM heard 10 explosions, estimated as the shots from 120-mm mortar rounds, approximately 500 m to the North. The mission immediately moved to shelter, which is located in the basement of the base, and stayed there for about 15 minutes”, – stated in the message.

At 7.00 am on 24 February, the observers left the base and returned to Severodonetsk.

It is noted that the mission returned to the front of patrol base in Popasnaya February 22, 2018 after December 19, 2017, temporarily relocated due to the explosions.

The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in April 2014. Fighting underway between the Armed forces of Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels who control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

00.00 23 December 2017 in the conflict zone was announced new year and Christmas truce. December 24, according to Ukrainian military, the militants violated the agreement and opened fire.

The parties have repeatedly declared a truce, but never managed to achieve full compliance.

February 24, the press center of the ATO headquarters reported that militants shelled the village of Pidlisne Popasnyansky region of the Luhansk region shells of 152 mm caliber. no One was hurt.