Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 2 December 2017

Situation Report
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The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and more in Luhansk region compared with the previous reporting period. The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske; it observed calm situations in each. Its access remained restricted in the disengagement areas and elsewhere, including near Siedove and Samiilove. It followed up on reports of shelling at a grain production facility in Yasynuvata. The Mission saw weapons in violation of withdrawal lines near Netailove. It observed Ukrainian Armed Forces positions in southern areas of Verkhnotoretske. In Luhansk city the SMM saw Russian Federation flags placed alongside “LPR” flags outside certain buildings. It facilitated and monitored repairs and maintenance of essential infrastructure in Vesela Hora. The SMM visited three border areas not under the control of the Government.

In Donetsk region the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations[1], including, however, more than 170 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 100 explosions).

While in government-controlled Svitlodarsk (57km north-east of Donetsk) on the evening of 30 November the SMM heard 80 undetermined explosions and small-arms and heavy-machine-gun fire 3-5km south-east and 6-7km east and south. On 1 December, while at the same location, the SMM heard 33 undetermined explosions 4-7km south-east.

On the night of 30 November-1 December the SMM camera at the Donetsk Filtration Station (15km north of Donetsk) recorded eight undetermined explosions 0.5-1.5km south. On 1 December the camera recorded, in sequence, three undetermined explosions, three projectiles in flight from east to west, three undetermined explosions, followed by a total of four undetermined explosions and 25 projectiles from east to west, all 0.5-1.5km south.

In the early hours of 1 December the SMM camera in Shyrokyne (20km east of Mariupol) recorded, in sequence, seven projectiles from east to west and 12 projectiles from west to east, all 5-8km north.

Positioned at the railway station in “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata (16km north-east of Donetsk) for about four hours, the SMM heard eight undetermined explosions 2-4km south and south-west. Later, positioned on the south-western edge of Yasynuvata the SMM heard two undetermined explosions 2-4km west and south-west.

Positioned on the south-western edge of government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) for about five hours, the SMM heard 11 undetermined explosions, infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) (BMP-2) cannon (30mm) fire and heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all 1-4km south and south-east.

Positioned in government-controlled Sukha Balka (36km north of Donetsk) the SMM heard 14 undetermined explosions 10-15km south-south-east.

Positioned in the Trudivski area of “DPR”-controlled Donetsk city’s Petrovskyi district (15km south-west of Donetsk city centre) the SMM heard uncountable bursts and shots of small-arms fire 1-2km south-west.

Positioned about 800m north of “DPR”-controlled Zaichenko (26km north-east of Donetsk) the SMM heard 27 undetermined explosions south-west in a two-minute period.