The attack upon Ukrainian stronghold in Troitske, carried out by militants yesterday evening, is a violation of the Minsk agreements, the Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug stated at the briefing October 8.
"The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission cannot act as an arbitrator in respect of the incident in Troitske. We were on-site, patrolling yesterday in the afternoon [October 7 – ed.] We saw that there were anti-tank missiles. It is a violation, no matter from which side the attack was. We are very concerned about it,” Hug said.
Hug also added that the OSCE representatives overwatch the removal of tanks from the demarcation line. Both Ukrainian side and militants informed the OSCE about the start of arms pullout process. Alexander Hug stated the withdrawal will take place in two stages, the first one – in Luhansk region. In the first place tanks to be removed, then - artillery and mortars. It will take 15 days, after the withdrawal of tanks is to start in Donetsk region.
In general, the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions remains calm, the deputy chief of the mission notes. Separate shootings and explosions, which take place, the OSCE mission attributes to the training.