OSCE SMM faces new limitations of their activity in eastern Ukraine, - report
Both parties to Donbas conflict prevent observers from visiting certain areas
OSCE SMM reported new cases of access restriction in the combat area in Donbas and along the administrative border with Crimea. In the respective report from August 17, they provided several such cases – as follows:
'While driving from “LPR”-controlled Khriashchivka (22km east of Luhansk) to “LPR”-controlled Pionerske (19km east of Luhansk), the SMM was stopped by an armed man who told the SMM to turn around and drive back in the direction they had come from (the JCCC was not informed). The SMM turned around and drove back.
At a railway station in “LPR”-controlled Voznesenivka the SMM was asked by “LPR” members to leave the area. The SMM left the area and informed the JCCC.
At the “DPR”-controlled Marynivka border crossing point, armed men demanded that SMM patrol members present their national passports before entering what they referred to as the “customs” area. Patrol members did not present their passports and the SMM was not allowed to enter the said area, even though the Mission was accompanied by a Russian Federation Armed Forces officer from the JCCC.
A Ukrainian Armed Forces officer refused the SMM access to positions on Chonhar peninsula in Kherson region (southern Ukraine). The SMM turned back', reads the report.
Read the full report here.
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