As a result of fighting in the city of Avdeevka of Donetsk region there is a risk of a humanitarian and environmental disaster in the region, says first Deputy head of the OSCE SMM Alexander Hg, reports «Interfax-Ukraine».
«Now the stakes have risen. There is a threat of a potential humanitarian and environmental disaster»- said hug during a Skype-inclusion from Avdeevka at the briefing, «Operational information security in Ukraine and the OSCE’s special monitoring mission» on Friday, February 3.
He stressed that the infrastructure, water, electricity, gas, and should function regardless of where the imaginary line of demarcation.
The first Deputy head of SMM OSCE noted that the Sunday observers record extremely high rates of violations of the cease-fire. «The number of violations of the cease-fire, which we fix daily, reaches thousands. In particular, on Tuesday we recorded more than 11 thousand Is unprecedented,» said hug.
He added that of particular concern is the use of reactive systems of volley fire in the Gaza Avdeevka-Yasinovataya-Donetsk airport and other locations along the line of collision. «We recorded the blows of artillery and mortars, and MLRS directly in residential areas and nearby», — said the Deputy head of the mission.
According to him, as a result of night attacks in Donetsk and Avdiivka, according to preliminary data, there are numerous casualties among the civilian population.
«The mission 724 observer, of which 588 are working in the East. In addition we have local 332 and 93 other international staff who work in Special monitoring mission of OSCE in Ukraine», — said Hg.
«This escalation did not emerge spontaneously. Somewhere a certain person consciously decided to start it,» — said the Deputy head of mission.
«Before it gets out of control, before it will engage more people, more lives will be lost, more houses will be destroyed, before we start a real humanitarian and ecological catastrophe, they have to completely change course,» he added.
The Deputy head of mission stressed that both military and civilians entrusted with the important decisions, must cease hostilities in the area of Avdeevka, take their tanks, mortars, artillery and MLRS from this area, to stop the advance of forces forward and to increase the distance between the respective positions.
Hug also urged to ensure safe access for repair crews and to stop hampering the work of the OSCE SMM.
We will remind, on January 29 it was reported that the Russian occupation of hybrid armed groups have carried out assault operations in the area of Avdeyevka industrial area to seize positions of Ukrainian Armed forces and that both sides suffered serious losses.
As a result of the shelling of Avdeevka remained without power, electricity and heat.
In gorodechnyi a state of emergency.
Rescuers urgently transferred to the plant ancillary equipment, generators and field kitchens. Avdiivka coke (APS), the largest in Europe coke-chemical plant, stopped work after the attacks due to the loss of power, managed to maintain an Autonomous electricity generation at the plant and provide heating of the Avdeevka coke-oven gas.
Thus from-for attacks of teams linemen can not reach the area of damage to power lines.
On January 31 the Russian occupation forces continued unsuccessful attack using artillery and mortars.
February 1 ATO forces repulsed several attacks of militants.
It was reported that illegal armed formation «Somalia» lost in the area of Avdeevka, about 40% of the personnel.
In addition, under Avdeevka eliminated the terrorist named Consul.
The OSCE mission in the town there is a threat of a humanitarian disaster, the escalation was not a spontaneous 03.02.2017