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OSCE: Ukrainian side and militants violate weapons withdrawal operation
16:41, 23 October 2015
OSCE: Ukrainian side and militants violate weapons withdrawal operation

The monitors also report on numerous obstacles while carrying the observation mission

16:41, 23 October 2015

Reuters

OSCE Special Minitoring Mission reports that both Ukrainian side and Russian-backed violations commit violations of weapons withdrawal operation. It was stated by Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, during the briefing.

In particular, the violations were observed in militants-controlled Solntseve (self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic). OSCE drones discovered eight new tanks there. The same situation is observed in Pervomaisk.
"The constant presence of weapons, for training or other purposes, definitely, creates tension," said Alexander Hug. According to him, OSCE observers "have got an access to the sites of withdrawal in Luhansk People's Republic, but those weapons which were announced as withdrawn, have disappeared now".

Deputy Chief Monitor highlighted that the monitors still suffer from restrictions on the freedom of movement. "In some cases, the Luhansk Preople's Republic representatives denied us in access to the places in which we had to go. This is a violation Minsk agreements and the mandate of our mission. Also, October 17-18, in village Zayichenko our drones were jammed," stated Hug.
Currently, 591 OSCE observers work in Ukraine.

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