About 200 people joined the protest outside the headquarters of the work against the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Luhansk, August 9. It was stated by Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine in his interview with Hromadske.
“Currently, we are not going to reduce the number of our observers, however, organized protests and violence against us and our property still take place. I would like to draw your attention to the protest in Lugansk, where about 200 people gathered. This protest was similar to another one, which I have seen this Thursday [August 6] in Donetsk,” said Hug.
He was quick to say that both demonstrations were substantially organized. The observers tried to talk with the protesters, but in both cases, the activists refused to communicate.
Spot Report by the OSCE highlights that August 9, four OSCE armoured vehicles parked outside the residence of SMM monitors in Donetsk city were on fire. "At 02:33hrs, the SMM heard four loud bursts, most probably as a result of tires of the armoured vehicles exploding. By 03:22hrs, the firefighters managed to extinguish the fire. The SMM noted that three of its vehicles were completely destroyed, one vehicle heavily damaged and three other vehicles partially damaged by the heat from the fire. SMM monitors were not injured and no damage to other OSCE vehicles was observed," according to the report.
July 23 the first protest against the OSCE SMM took place in Donetsk, 30 vehicles were painted.