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    OSCE Observers Register Over 140 Explosions Near Donetsk

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    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) to Ukraine has registered over 140 explosions near the city of Donetsk in Ukraine’s east, a situation report released Saturday said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) to Ukraine has registered over 140 explosions near the city of Donetsk in Ukraine’s east, a situation report released Saturday said.

    “From the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) observation post at the Donetsk central railway station (“Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”)-controlled, 8km north-west of Donetsk city centre), the SMM saw and heard 142 explosions from unspecified types of weapons and 34 anti-aircraft gun bursts at a distance between three to seven kilometres north-north-east, north, north-west and west-north-west of the SMM’s location,” the report said.

    The OSCE monitoring mission has also reported of a large fire to the north of its observation post in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and on the other side of the destroyed new terminal at Donetsk airport, according to the report.

    An OSCE monitoring mission was deployed to the region to observe the implementation of peace agreements that were hammered out in the Belarusian capital Minsk with mediation by Russia, France and Germany first in September 2014 and then in February 2015.

    The latest Minsk accords are believed to be generally holding, however, tensions between Kiev forces and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine have been on the rise in recent weeks.

    On June 4, the OSCE SMM to Ukraine spotted the movement of heavy weaponry in Donbass.

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