Militants obstruct systematically OSCE mission in Donbas, - JFO

Source : 112 Ukraine

They jammed the OSCE drones during planned flights
18:47, 28 July 2021

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

The Ukrainian side of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of ceasefire issues and stabilization of the delimitation line informs about the systematic impediment to the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the temporarily occupied territories. This was reported by the press service of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) headquarters.

“The militants did not let the Mission's patrols at checkpoints near the temporarily occupied settlements of Bezimenne, Novoazovsk, Dovzhanske, Prymorske, Shevchenko, Starolaspa, referring to "demining work, orders from commanders, SMM security considerations, engineering work". At the same time, being at checkpoints, the mission members saw civilians and vehicles crossing the territory without hindrance," the report said.

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Militants also obstructed the OSCE unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during their planned flights. The Mission's aircraft experienced jamming of the GPS signal during flights over non-government-controlled areas near the settlements of Vasylivka, Yasynuvata, Mineralne, Lohvynovo, Debaltseve, Lozove.

“Using Russian-made electronic warfare systems, the militants also made obstacles to the SMM UAVs in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government. Flying over the areas near the settlements of Zolote and Bolotyane, the SMM UAVs of the short-range were exposed to interference from the GPS signal (as a result of possible jamming), which caused loss of control over the position of the vehicles. The SMM was unable to locate and return the drone," the report said.

AS it was reported earlier, on July 24-25, the OSCE SMM recorded 188 silence regime violations in Donbas.

Related: 45 Ukrainian military men died in Donbas during year of truce

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