Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) recorded 88 explosions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions over the day, according to the mission’s report.
“In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including, however, more explosions (about 85), compared with the previous reporting period (about 50 explosions). In the early morning of 31 January, the SMM camera 1km south-west of Shyrokyne (20km east of Mariupol) recorded 20 projectiles in flight from east to west followed by five undetermined explosions, all 5-8km north,” reads the report.
On January 31, the mission also recorded undetermined explosions at the railway station in Yasynuvata (Donetsk region).
“During the day on 31 January, positioned at the railway station in “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata (16km north-east of Donetsk) for about four hours, the SMM heard 23 undetermined explosions 2-5km west and north-west, four undetermined explosions 1-2km east, as well as heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire 1-4km at directions ranging from west to north.”
Also violations were observed near the Donetsk Filtration Station, in the area of Shyrokyne and Avdiivka.
“In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations, including three explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (seven explosions).”
Earlier, from 22 to 23 January, the staff of the OSCE Mission had recorded more than 60 explosions in the Donbas. The OSCE SMM also visited a permanent arsenal in the uncontrolled area of the Donetsk region, which is located beyond the withdrawal line. The mission noted that 10 tanks (five T-64 and five T-72 tanks), 9 mortars and 15 anti-tank guns (MT-12) were missing on site.