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Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 16 November 2018

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The SMM recorded more ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, compared with the previous reporting period. The SMM observed a recent impact on a road in a residential area of Debaltseve. The SMM observed military-type presence and anti-tank mines in the Zolote disengagement area. The SMM’s access remained restricted in all three disengagement areas, as well as at a military compound near Starohnativka and near Leonove, close to the border with the Russian Federation.* The SMM observed weapons in violation of withdrawal lines on both sides of the contact line. 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. The Mission continued to monitor the situation of civilians living near the contact line in the Vilnyi neighbourhood of Zolote-4/Rodina. In Odessa, the SMM monitored a protest against illegal construction.

In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations[1], including, however, fewer explosions (about 110), compared with the previous reporting period (about 285 explosions).

On the evening of 15 November, while in Svitlodarsk (government-controlled, 57km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard 54 undetermined explosions and about 430 bursts and shots of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all at an assessed range of 1-6km south-east and south-south-east. The following day, while in the same location, the SMM heard about 20 undetermined explosions, all at an assessed range of 2-5km south-south-east.

During the day on 16 November, positioned on the eastern edge of Kamianka (government-controlled, 20km north of Donetsk), the SMM heard 23 undetermined explosions and about 40 bursts of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire, all at an assessed range of 1-6km east, south-east and south.

On the evening and night of 15-16 November, the SMM camera at the entry-exit checkpoint in Maiorsk (government-controlled, 45km north-east of Donetsk) recorded two explosions assessed as impacts of undetermined weapon(s) rounds and about 110 projectiles in flight (mostly from north to south), all at an assessed range of 2-4km east-north-east, east and east-south-east.

On the evening and night of 15-16 November, the SMM camera located 1.5km north-east of Hnutove (government-controlled, 20km north-east of Mariupol) recorded an undetermined explosion and about 85 projectiles in flight (mostly from south to north and from north to south), all at an assessed range of 2-4km east-north-east, east and east-south-east.