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Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 11 December 2017

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The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and fewer in Luhansk region compared with the previous 24 hours. In Chermalyk, the Mission saw damage to civilian properties in residential areas caused by shelling and gunfire. The SMM continued monitoring the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske; it recorded ceasefire violations near the Zolote and Petrivske disengagement areas. Its access remained restricted in the disengagement areas and elsewhere, including at a checkpoint near Verkhnoshyrokivske.* The SMM followed up media reports that Mospyne was cordoned off and observed that the entrances to the town were blocked by armed persons. The Mission observed long queues at the entry-exit checkpoint near Stanytsia Luhanska. It facilitated and monitored repairs and maintenance of essential infrastructure near Artema. The SMM visited one border area outside of government control. In Kyiv, the Mission monitored the security situation in front of a detention centre and a court building.

In Donetsk region the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations,[1] including over 1,000 explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours (about 860 explosions).

On the evening and night of 10-11 December, the SMM camera at the Donetsk Filtration Station (15km north of Donetsk) recorded, in sequence, 20 projectiles in flight from west to east, two undetermined explosions, three projectiles from east to west, an illumination flare in vertical flight, ten projectiles from east to west, two undetermined explosions, an illumination flare in vertical flight and a projectile from west to east, followed by a total of eight undetermined explosions, an airburst, two illumination flares in vertical flight and 24 projectiles (17 from west to east and seven from east to west), all 0.5-1.5km south. On 11 December, the same camera recorded, in sequence, four projectiles in flight from east to west, four projectiles from west to east, two projectiles from east to west, an undetermined explosion, nine tracer rounds from east to west, an undetermined explosion, followed by a total of 16 undetermined explosions, 102 projectiles (88 from east to west and 14 from west to east), and 21 tracer rounds in flight from east to west, all 0.5-1.5km south.

During the day on 11 December, positioned at the railway station in “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata (16km north-east of Donetsk) for about five hours, the SMM heard about 330 undetermined explosions and about 440 bursts and shots of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all 1-6km at directions ranging from west to north.

On the morning of 11 December, positioned on the south-western edge of government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) for about three hours, the SMM heard eight undetermined explosions 5-7km north-north-west, five undetermined explosions 3-5km east-south-east, and heavy-machine-gun fire 2-3km west. In the afternoon, positioned in Avdiivka for one hour and a half, the SMM heard nine undetermined explosions 3-5km at directions ranging from east to south-west and three undetermined explosions 1-2km at directions ranging from east-south-east to south-west

On the morning of 11 December, while in “DPR”-controlled Horlivka (39km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard about 40 undetermined explosions 3-5km north-west. The same morning, positioned on the north-western edge of Horlivka for four and a half hours, the SMM heard about 40 undetermined explosions and heavy-machine-gun fire, all 6km south-west.

On the evening and night of 10-11 December, the SMM camera at the entry-exit checkpoint in government‑controlled Maiorsk (45km north-east of Donetsk) recorded four undetermined explosions and 67 projectiles in flight from south-east to north-west, all at undetermined distances east.

On the evening of 10 December, while in government-controlled Svitlodarsk (57km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard 280 explosions (about 130 assessed as impacts of artillery rounds, about 20 as outgoing artillery (122mm) rounds, and the remainder undetermined) and about 200 bursts and shots of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, as well as 34 minutes of uncountable overlapping explosions assessed as rounds of infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) (BMP-1) cannon (73mm) fire 46 minutes of uncountable overlapping bursts and shots of IFV (BMP-2) cannon (30mm), heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all 5-8km south-east and south-south-east. The SMM also heard about 40 explosions assessed as outgoing artillery (122mm) rounds 5-6km north, 20 explosions assessed as mortar (120mm) rounds and 20 bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire, all 6-7km west.

While at the same location on the following day, the SMM heard about 190 explosions (about 170 assessed as impacts of artillery and mortar rounds and the remainder undetermined), about 50 bursts and shots of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, ten minutes of uncountable overlapping undetermined explosions, and 15 minutes of uncountable overlapping shots of small-arms fire, all 5-9km at directions ranging from south-east to south-west, as well as 22 explosions (two assessed as outgoing artillery (122mm) rounds and the remainder as artillery rounds) 7-9km north-east.

On the evening and night of 10-11 December, the SMM camera 1km south-west of Shyrokyne (20km east of Mariupol) recorded, in sequence, an undetermined explosion, two projectiles in flight from east to west, and 17 projectiles from west to east, followed by a total of five undetermined explosions and 79 projectiles (71 from east to west and eight from west to east), all 5-8km north. On 11 December, the SMM camera recorded, in sequence, 20 projectiles from west to east, four tracer rounds from east to west, a projectile from east to west, 20 projectiles from west to east, four projectiles from east to west, 35 projectiles from west to east, nine projectiles from east to west, seven projectiles from west to east, and a projectile from east to west, all 5-8km north.

In Luhansk region the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including, however, more explosions (about 50), compared with the previous 24 hours (four explosions).