Militants block OSCE verification of arms pullout process - Hug

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such impeding of mission's work from militants' side is indeed a violation of additional protocol to Minsk arrangements, the Deputy Chief Monitor stated
17:11, 29 October 2015

Militants prevent the OSCE verification work of arms pullout process, the Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug said at the briefing broadcasted over 112 Ukraine.

“OSCE SMM continues monitoring the process of the removal of artillery caliber less than 100 mm and mortars of 120 mm. The mission visited the places of withdrawal. I note with regret that at the areas uncontrolled by Ukrainian government, the OSCE mission was blocked to see such sites of weapons storages," Hug said.

Related: Militants continue interfering to OSCE observers in Donbas - Hug

Alexander Hug noted that such impeding from militants’ side is indeed a violation of the additional protocol [to the Minsk agreements – ed.].

In addition, the Deputy Chief Monitor reported about the presence of rocket missiles Uragan at the Peredilske village of Luhansk region.

Related: OSCE: Ukrainian side and militants violate weapons withdrawal operation

"In the village Peredilske which is controlled by Ukraine, OSCE saw rocket missiles Uragan stuck in the ground, and such situation occurs repeatedly. The population of eastern Ukraine who live in this region, must have confidence in its security, and so these shells and mines should have been identified, isolated and demined,” Hug told.

Also, the OSCE representative stated that the incident with their former representative in Severodonetsk is “a regrettable exception”.

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