Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug during the briefing stated about new facts of minacious conversation with Russian-backed militants. He said that “DPR militants in Bezimenne (Donetsk region) threatened to kill our observers if they dare to come to this checkpoint once more”. He claimed that these aggressive actions sometimes are sporadic, and sometimes are well-organized. For example, August 11 few people in uniform, who seemed to be under the influence of psychoactive substances, threatened the OSCE SMM members.
As was reported yesterday, in “DPR”-controlled Panteleimonivka (26km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM – acting on “DPR”- supplied information about an alleged shelling incident in the village and intending to carry out crater analysis – was met on arrival by approximately 50 aggressive people – of mixed age and gender – screaming and blaming the SMM, threatened to harm the SMM monitors while some others filmed the confrontation.
NATO on Wednesday warned pro-Russian militants against grabbing more land in eastern Ukraine and stressed Moscow has a "special responsibility" to help restore peace as fighting escalates.