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"DNR" militants forbid OSCE observers to talk to Horlivka locals, order to leave

Russia-backed militants also stopped the mission near the checkpoint and denied access
13:55, 12 December 2017

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Armed militants of the so-called "DNR" near Horlivka checkpoint in Donetsk region on December 8 interrupted conversation of the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE with local residents and forbade to talk  to them. After that, the observers were ordered to leave the area. This was reported in the OSCE SMM report, published on December 11.

 “On 8 December, armed “DPR” members stopped the SMM near a gas station close to a checkpoint in Horlivka and denied it access to the area of the checkpoint,” the report says.

The OSCE added that near the same checkpoint in Horlivka, the SMM was talking to a group of civilians when armed “DPR” members approached the SMM. The armed men told the SMM to stop talking to civilians and leave the area. The SMM left the area and informed the JCCC.

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As it was reported earlier the OSCE SMM in Donbas recorded more violations of the cease-fire regime from 7:30 pm on Dec.7 to 7.30 pm on Dec. 8. In Donetsk region the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 560 explosions, compared with the previous reporting period (about 200 explosions),” the report says.

Moreover, the access of the mission remained restricted in the disengagement areas and elsewhere, including at a checkpoint near Verkhnoshyrokivske. 

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