International observers: Eastern Ukraine fighting continues

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Posted: Dec 10, 2015 7:27 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says its observers still witness fighting and the use of banned weapons in eastern Ukraine.

More than 9,000 people have been killed in fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops which has been raging since April 2014, according to the U.N.

Alexander Hug, OSCE deputy chief monitor in Ukraine, told reporters on Thursday fighting in eastern Ukraine continues despite the September cease-fire deal that also included withdrawing heavy and mid-caliber weaponry.

Hug said his observers this week documented the use of the banned weaponry on both sides of the conflict. He also lamented the fact that separatists in one of the two occupied regions refuse to give the observers access to or the location of the storage facilities.