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Hug: Both sides of conflict prevent OSCE SMM from work
15:42, 19 August 2016
Hug: Both sides of conflict prevent OSCE SMM from work

Mission members are threatened and intimidated

15:42, 19 August 2016

Reuters

Both sides of the conflict in Donbas region impede activities of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in Ukraine, and also threaten unarmed members of the mission and intimidate them. The First Deputy Chairman of the OSCE SMM Alexander Hug announced this during a press conference.

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"We can monitor and report very objectively, but we need access to do that. Frankly speaking, we don’t have it. Let's be clear, this is mainly due to the fact that both sides do not provide access. They do not allow our monitors access to certain regions, they shoot down our drones, put obstacles and mines. There will be no progress if both militants and Ukrainian army continue to threaten and intimidate OSCE SMM observers ", Hug said.

He recalled that militants try to attack OSCE SMM observers at night when they are not monitoring and can't spot the violation.

"The fact is that there has to be unimpeded access for observers and mission. Without it there can be no investigation and no confidence", said the deputy chairman of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine.

Related: Donbas: 73 attacks on Ukrainian positions since morning of August 18

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