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Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 12 November 2018

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The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared to the previous 24 hours. The Mission followed up on reports of a civilian casualty in Marinka. The SMM’s access remained restricted in all three disengagement areas as well as near Bezimenne and Zaichenko. The SMM observed weapons in violation near Shymshynivka. The Mission facilitated and monitored adherence to the ceasefire to enable repairs to houses and essential civilian infrastructure on both sides of the contact line, as well as to enable demining near Nyzhnoteple. The SMM observed two protests in Kyiv and a gathering commemorating the founding of Karpatska Sich in Ivano‑Frankivsk.

In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations[1], including about 140 explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours (about 115 explosions).[2]

On the evening and night of 11-12 November, while in Svitlodarsk (government-controlled, 57km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard 76 explosions (27 assessed as outgoing rounds, seven as impacts and the remainder undetermined) and about 130 bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire, all at an assessed range of 2-6km east and south-east. The following day, from the same location, the SMM heard 13 undetermined explosions and five bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire, all at an assessed range of 2-5km south-east.

During the day on 12 November, positioned in the south-eastern part of Avdiivka (government-controlled, 17km north of Donetsk), the SMM heard ten undetermined explosions and 25 bursts of small-arms fire, all at an assessed range of 1-5km south and south‑east.

In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 110 explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours (about 40 explosions).

During the day on 12 November, positioned on the southern edge of Kalynove-Borshchuvate (non-government-controlled, 61km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard 48 undetermined explosions assessed as from mortar rounds at an assessed range of 5-7km south.

On the same day, positioned in Pervomaisk (non-government-controlled, 58km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard 25 explosions assessed as from 120mm mortar rounds at an assessed range of 7-10km south.

The SMM followed up on reports of a civilian casualty in Marinka (government‑controlled, 23km south-west of Donetsk). At a hospital in Kurakhove (government‑controlled, 40km west of Donetsk), a man (in his fifties) with a bandaged right thigh told the SMM that at around 18:00 on 10 November, he was in his outhouse on Prokofiev Street in Marinka when he heard small-arms fire and felt a sharp pain in his right thigh. A doctor in the hospital told the SMM that the man had been struck by a 5.45mm bullet, which perforated his right thigh and bruised his left thigh.

The SMM continued to monitor and to pursue full access to the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska (government-controlled, 16km north-east of Luhansk), Zolote (government-controlled, 60km west of Luhansk) and Petrivske[3] (non-government-controlled, 41km south of Donetsk), as foreseen in the Framework Decision of the Trilateral Contact Group relating to disengagement of forces and hardware of 21 September 2016. The SMM’s access remained restricted, but the Mission was able to partially monitor them.*

On the evening of 11 November, the SMM camera in Stanytsia Luhanska recorded two muzzle flashes of undetermined weapons at an assessed range of 100-150m south (assessed as outside the disengagement area).

During the day on 12 November, positioned on the eastern edge of Zolote-5/Mykhailivka (non-government-controlled, 58km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard two undetermined explosions at an assessed range of 7-10km north-north-east. Positioned in Zolote‑5/Mykhailivka, the SMM heard 17 undetermined explosions and about 160 shots and bursts of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all at an assessed range of 1-3km north‑north-east. Positioned on the northern edge of Zolote-4/Rodina (government-controlled, 59km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard two undetermined explosions assessed as from mortar rounds, five bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire and 50 shots and bursts of small-arms fire, all at an assessed range of 2-3km east. Positioned in Zolote-3/Stakhanovets (government‑controlled, 61km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard four explosions assessed as from artillery rounds at an assessed range of 7-10km south. Positioned in Zolote, the SMM heard eight explosions assessed as rounds of artillery at an assessed range of 7-10km west‑south‑west. All of these observations were assessed as outside the disengagement area.

During the same day, positioned on the north-eastern edge of Katerynivka (government‑controlled, 64km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard about 20 shots and bursts of automatic-grenade-launcher and small-arms fire at an assessed range of 3-4km east‑south-east, assessed as outside the Zolote disengagement area.

Positioned near the Petrivske disengagement area, the SMM observed a calm situation.

The SMM continued to monitor the withdrawal of weapons in implementation of the Memorandum and the Package of Measures and its Addendum.