EPRS Admin By / November 22, 2016

Weekly totals of explosions of Minsk-proscribed weapons

Weekly totals of explosions of Minsk-proscribed weapons

Despite an October 2016 agreement in Berlin among Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia (‘Normandy four’) to draw up a roadmap by the end of November on how to implement the 2015 Minsk peace deal, the security situation in eastern Ukraine remains tense and unpredictable, with no improvement in sight. Deputy Chief Monitor of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) of the Organisation for Security and Co operation in Europe (OSCE), Alexander Hug, explained in October that ‘sophisticated’ military supply lines enable either side to ‘quickly turn on or off’ its violations of the ceasefire. The SMM recorded 4 000 explosions along the demarcation line, just between 7 and 9 November 2016 (see Figure 1). Following the sharp increase in fighting in eastern Ukraine, SMM Chief Monitor Ertugrul Apakan noted on 10 November 2016 that the ‘SMM continues to observe a deterioration of the situation in Donbas, registering over 2 000 explosions daily with a high number of incidents involving the use of weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements’, and condemned violence against the unarmed SMM monitors.

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