The Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) in Ukraine reported an unprecedented 11,000 violations of the ceasefire in Donbass on January 31.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The situation near the industrial town of Avdiivka and neighboring Yasynuvata has been tense for several days, with civilians being deprived of running water, central heating and electricity. The Ukrainian forces and Donbass militia have accused each other of being responsible for the escalation of fighting.
"On 31 Jan SMM recorded over 11,000 ceasefire violations — Truly unprecedented," Alexander Hug, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM, said in a statement posted on the mission's Twitter page.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had to interrupt his visit to Germany due to the escalation of the security situation on the line of contact in eastern Ukraine. He also charged his aides with calling for an extraordinary session of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine to discuss the situation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Moscow had reliable data that the Ukrainian independent armed groups, supported by the Ukrainian Armed Forces' artillery, were behind the attack on Avdiivka.