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Donetsk militants ban OSCE patrols from entrance to occupied areas due to lockdown

Source : 112 Ukraine

The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic closes the checkpoints on March 21
12:50, 23 March 2020

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On March 22, at the checkpoint in Donetsk region, the militants did not allow the OSCE SMM patrols to enter the areas uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government due to quarantine as the OSCE SMM reported.

“On 21 and 22 March, members of the armed formations at checkpoints in Donetsk region denied all SMM patrols travelling from government-controlled areas passage into non-government-controlled areas,” the message said.

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The OSCE noted that due to these restrictions, the freedom of movement of the mission through the contact line was limited and the SMM patrols could not reach the areas of Donetsk region not controlled by the government and it prevented the fulfillment of the mission’s mandate.

Earlier, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine Heidi Grau said that the number of victims of the conflict in Donbas had increased significantly in the past two weeks.  

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Earlier, the Trilateral contact group for the solution of Donbas conflict (Minsk talks group) agreed on the creation of an advisory board. It will comprise of representatives of Ukraine and self-proclaimed 'republics' of Donbas (ten from each, with the right for decisive vote), Germany, France and the OSCE (one from each, with the right for conciliatory vote). 

 

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