After 3.5 years of conflict in the Donbas, it has no end in sight yet, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug said during a briefing.

“We see that violence is increasing, and Minsk agreements are being adhered to less. Unfortunately, after 3.5 years to date, we have moved away from resolving the conflict more than ever. It has no end in sight in the foreseeable future," he said.

Hug went on saying that the parties did not approach the issue of opening additional entry-exit checkpoints on the demarcation line.

“The parties did not approach the opening of additional checkpoints in order to make it easier for people to cross the line of contact. They did not advance one step to resolve the controversies, as a result of which thousands of people were left without water, power and gas. The parties did not approach the cessation of violence. Actually, they have drifted much further from it than ever.”

QHA reported that the situation in the ATO zone in the east of Ukraine has significantly worsened. The strongest deterioration, according to the Deputy Head of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, is observed in the town of Popasnaya