The so-called bodies of the national militia of the unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) published the order that prohibits preventing the work of OSCE SMM in the territory of the occupied regions of Ukraine. According to the text of the document, such decisions were made according to the Mission Mandate and agreements of the Trilateral Contact Group.
According to the order, the commanders of the national militia detachments should exclude the provocative actions towards the personnel of the OSCE SMM, provide the access of the observers for the fulfillment of the Mandate, exclude the limitation of their movement and provide their immunity.
‘All cases of the groundless limitation of the actions of the OSCE SMM should be immediately reported to the senior officers who are on duty, to hold the detailed investigation with the punishment of the guilty officials up to the dismissal from the ranges of the National Militia of LNR’, as the document published at the website of the National Militia of LNR’ said.
Moreover, the order on the cease-fire regime observance since August 25 within school cease-fire was published.
According to the second document, the commanders of the detachments of the national militia of LNR and DNR are prohibited to hold the provocative actions at the contact line and all cases of the opening of the fire should be reported to the senior officers’.
However, according to the last reports of the OSCE and the Headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the number of fire attacks decreased at the demarcation line but did not stop.
A few incidents connected with the attempts of the pro-Russian militants to prevent the OSCE SMM members from their work took place in Donbas in the recent time.
An armed man threatened the OSCE patrol with an assault rifle at the Bridge of Stanytsia Luhanska. The patrol was near the forward position of the LPR inside the demarcation zone. The observers were forced to leave this place.
The DPR militants shelled the OSCE drone at the observation flight over the territory that is under their control. The fire was opened from Pikuzy village that is in the buffer zone but is controlled by the illegal military formation since 2015. Moreover, the militants detained the patrol and threatened to confiscate the video from the drone that is the violation of the Minsk Agreements.
The DPR militants did not allow the OSCE observers to visit Novoazovsk that is near the border with Russia on August 10. The same day they shelled the part of the road to Mariupol which Hug was supposed to pass. The soldier of the Ukrainian Armed Forces was injured in the result of the attack.
However, the biggest incident is the explosion of the OSCE car in April 2017 in Luhansk region when one of the observers died.