OSCE SMM monitors couldn’t reach the villages of Petrivske (Donetsk region) and Zolote (Luhansk region), which poses an interference with their work in the area of disengagement of forces in Donbas. Alexander Hug, the Deputy Head of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, reported this at Friday briefing in Kyiv.
‘On the same day when the framework deal between the conflicting sides was signed, the SMM patrols faced limitations in freedom of movement; the incident occurred in Petrivske and Zolote – in two of the three sectors that were assigned for the purpose of disengagement of troops and vehicles’, he said.
The official added that the OSCE representatives saw concrete blocks near Zolote. ‘These blocks should be dissembled immediately. Moreover, immediately after these obstacles, the road is heavily rigged with landmines. They should be removed immediately, too’, Hug stressed.
The Deputy Head of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine welcomed the signature of the framework deal between the conflicting sides, marking that since it was signed by the conflicting parties, it is solely their responsibility to withdraw their forces from the disengagement line and to defuse the landmines.