Russia-led militants mined territory near Druzhne village in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Mine warning signs were found two kilometers from the village
20:00, 20 January 2019

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Donbas militants mined the territory near the village of Druzhne. This is reported by the headquarters of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) reports.

“According to the daily OSCE SMM report, published on 01/19/2019, the SMM saw for the first time two mine hazard signs in a field about 2km south of Druzhne (non-government-controlled, 37km south-east of Luhansk), one of which was a white board with “Mines” written on it in Russian (the second sign was not visible),” the message says.

Earlier, the UN reported that the territory of Donbas was one of the most mined regions in the world, and Ukraine ranks first in the world in terms of the number of dead as a result of mine explosions.

At the same time, the Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories, Vadym Chernysh, argued that it was pointless to take steps to demine the territory until the end of hostilities in Donbas.

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Earlier Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Trilateral Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine Martin Sajdik said that they did not come out with a proposal to send a joint OSCE and UN mission to Donbas, according to his comments to Deutsche Welle.

According to him, the OSCE did not voice in Minsk proposals for sending a joint OSCE and UN mission to Donbas.

Thus, Sajdik refutes the statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, that OSCE representatives allegedly proposed to create a joint peacekeeping mission with the UN in Donbas.

At the same time, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine reported that "they welcome any additional measures that would help reduce the existing threats."

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