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 Militants violated cease-fire 1,730 times in 2017, - Defense Ministry

Тhe head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko held a meeting with the deputy chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug.

Muzhenko drew attention of international observers to the increase of the militants' attacks at Ukrainian positions in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Defense.

According to Muzhenko, the militants violated the cease-fire 1,730 times in Dec. 2016 and Jan. 2017. Particularly, they used weapons banned by the Minsk agreements for about 693 times.

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About 60% of the attacks at Ukrainian positions take place in the evening and the night time, when OSCE SMM is not monitoring the situation.

He stressed the importance of the increase of the OSCE SMM capacity to monitor the implementation of the Minsk agreements.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n423281