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Ukraine : Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 17 November 2017.

The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and more in Luhansk region compared with the previous reporting period. The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas; it recorded ceasefire violations near the Petrivske and Zolote disengagement areas. Its access remained restricted in the disengagement areas and elsewhere. It facilitated and monitored repairs and maintenance of essential infrastructure in Shchastia, Vesela Hora, Orikhove, Kashtanove, and Zalizne. In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations 1 , including about 60 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 560 explosions).

On the evening of 16 November, while in DPR-controlled Horlivka (39km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard 11 undetermined explosions 7-10km south-west as well as about ten bursts of small-arms fire 3-5km south-west. The following day, positioned at the north-western edge of Horlivka, the SMM heard 13 undetermined explosions 6-8km south-west.

On the evening of 16 November, the SMM camera at the Donetsk Filtration Station (15km north of Donetsk) recorded, in sequence, an undetermined explosion, two projectiles in flight from east to west, three undetermined explosions, a projectile from east to west, a projectile from west to east, an undetermined explosion, eight projectiles from east to west, an undetermined explosion, four projectiles from east to west, an undetermined explosion, 15 projectiles from east to west, a projectile from west to east, four undetermined explosions, seven projectiles from east to west, two undetermined explosions, a projectile from south to north, and two undetermined explosions, all 0.5-1.5km south. At 19:36 on 16 November, the camera recorded a projectile in flight from south-west to north-east and a subsequent impact explosion close to the camera (see SMM Daily 17 November 2017). The explosion was assessed as caused by the round of a rocket-propelled grenade or portable anti-tank recoilless gun fired approximately 250-450m from a southerly direction, in the vicinity of known DPR forward positions. The following evening, the same camera recorded, in sequence, two undetermined explosions, 23 projectiles in flight from east to west, two undetermined explosions, 22 projectiles from east to west, an undetermined explosion, a projectile from east to west, five undetermined explosions, a tracer round in flight from east to west, an undetermined explosion, a tracer round from east to west, four undetermined explosions, nine tracer rounds from east to west, a tracer round from west to east, two undetermined explosions, a tracer round from east to west, and ten undetermined explosions, all 0.5-1.5km south.

On the evening and night of 16-17 November, the SMM camera in Shyrokyne (20km east of Mariupol) recorded, in sequence, an undetermined explosion, five projectiles in flight from east to west, two undetermined explosions, three projectiles from east to west, two undetermined explosions, two illumination flares in vertical flight, 16 tracer rounds in flight from west to east, four tracer rounds from east to west, a tracer round from south-west to north-east, an undetermined explosion, six tracer rounds from south-east to north-west, a projectile from west to east, a tracer round from east to west, ten tracer rounds from west to east, three tracer rounds from south-west to north-east, nine projectiles from south-east to north-west, two tracer rounds from west to east, a projectile from west to east, an undetermined explosion, a projectile and three tracer rounds from east to west, a projectile and ten tracer rounds from south-east to north-west, an undetermined explosion, nine tracer rounds from east to west, 14 tracer rounds from south-east to north-west, three tracer rounds from north-west to south-east, 12 tracer rounds from south-east to north-west, three tracer rounds from south-west to north-east, seven tracer rounds from south-east to north-west, 19 tracer rounds from east to west, 11 tracer rounds from west to east, and a tracer round from east to west, all 5-8km north. The following evening, the same camera recorded, in sequence, 11 projectiles in flight from west to east, a projectile from east to west, three projectiles from west to east, an airburst, two projectiles from west to east, a projectile from east to west, two projectiles from west to east, a projectile from east to west, and six undetermined explosions, all 5-8km north.

On 17 November, positioned 2.6km west-north-west of the railway station in DPR-controlled Yasynuvata (16km north-east of Donetsk) for about five hours, the SMM heard two undetermined explosions 10-15km north-west and eight undetermined explosions 1-3km west. On 17 November, positioned on the south-western edge of government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) for about five hours, the SMM heard six undetermined explosions and bursts and shots of small-arms fire 1-3km south-east, as well as three explosions assessed as outgoing rounds of undetermined weapons 1-2km east and three explosions assessed as the resultant impacts 4-5km south-east. On 17 November, positioned in government-controlled Svitlodarsk (57km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard seven undetermined explosions 6-8km east and six undetermined explosions 10km east-north-east.

In Luhansk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 70 explosions compared with the previous reporting period (about 60 explosions).

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