Deputy head of the Special monitoring mission (SMM) Alexander hug on the last working day of the week said that the Ukrainian Military has violated the rules for withdrawing heavy weapons from the contact line in Donbas.
The organization for security and cooperation in the European Union (OSCE) in recent weeks underscores the deteriorating military situation in the Donbass, as well as among them the building of military equipment." in General, over the last few weeks, we can note the deterioration in the security situation in the Donbass. SMM said the increased presence of motion and the use of heavy weaponry along the line of contact ", – said hug, RIA " Novosti ".
The BBC confirmed the removal of the armed units of the Donetsk people's Republic from residential settlements Shirokino. The observers when visiting the settlements did not find there the DNR patrol, bunker building at the Northern entrance to the Village, first occupied by the militia, it was empty." The SMM OSCE observers did not record armed groups in Shirokino, with the exception of the positions of Ukrainian forces in the southwest residential settlements", - has declared the Deputy chief of mission, adding that Saturday is going to go in person to Shirokino to continue to assess the situation on the ground. According to Haug, the OSCE Observers also recorded the distribution of heavy weapons to the South along the line of contact to Solntsevo. The village is in front of the strategically important area around the Granite, which is controlled by the Ukrainian side. For example, on 23 June, the drone of the OSCE noticed as APCS loaded with ammunition, and then formed a convoy." The OSCE agitates for the demilitarization of all areas along the line of contact in Donbas, not only in Shirokino, - has noticed the Deputy head of mission.– I wish to note that the withdrawal from Shirokino is just only one step. That's bound to happen across the contact line, and the guns must be silent With fifteen February, across the line of contact ". Remember, before the Ministry of defense of Ukraine assured that from residential settlements Shirokino displayed all the militia units. Leadership of Donetsk national Republic invited the OSCE observers to visit Shirokino and to ensure that residential settlements the withdrawal of all units of the militia. The village Shirokino is located on the shore of the sea of Azov between Mariupol (controlled by Ukrainian security forces and Donetsk region (controlled by the militia DND). In early February Shirokino was taken by the soldiers of the Ukrainian battalion " Azov ", but then retreated. Since then, the two sides continue in this area of so-called artillery and mortar duels.