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Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 1 November 2018

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The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the previous reporting period. The Mission heard small-arms fire assessed as directed at its mini-unmanned aerial vehicle flying near Zhovte. The SMM recorded ceasefire violations near the Zolote disengagement area, including an impact explosion 200-500m from its positon. The Mission’s access remained restricted in all three disengagement areas; it was also restricted near Novoazovsk and Voznesenivka – areas close to the border with the Russian Federation – Luhansk city and again near Zaichenko. The SMM facilitated and monitored adherence to the ceasefire to enable repairs to the phenol sludge reservoir near Zalizne, to damaged houses in Marinka and Krasnohorivka and to critical civilian infrastructure in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as to enable demining near Nyzhnoteple.*

In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 200 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 130 explosions).

On the evening and night of 31 October, while in Svitlodarsk (government-controlled, 57km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard about 80 explosions and nearly 500 bursts and shots of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all 2-7km at southerly directions.

The same evening, while in Horlivka (non-government-controlled, 39km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard about 30 explosions (23 assessed as outgoing, the remainder undetermined) and seven bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire, all 5-7km at north-westerly directions.

Also on the evening of 31 October, the SMM camera 1.5km north-east of Hnutove (government-controlled, 20km north-east of Mariupol) recorded four undetermined explosions and about 160 projectiles in flight (mostly from westerly to easterly directions), all 2-4km at easterly directions.

During the day on 1 November, positioned on the eastern edge of Kamianka (government-controlled, 20km north of Donetsk), the SMM heard an undetermined explosion 1-2km south-east followed by another undetermined explosion less than 500m east of its position. The SMM immediately departed the area.

In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 100 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (three explosions).

On the night of 31 October, while in Kadiivka (formerly Stakhanov, non-government-controlled, 50km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard 56 undetermined explosions 4-6km north-north-east and north-east and 26 undetermined explosions 10-17km north-north-east.