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Donbas militants took OSCE observers hostage in uncontrolled Donetsk region

Source : 112 Ukraine

Militants demand to release the fighter who was detained by Armed Forces of Ukraine near a site of cultivation around Zolote on October 13
23:01, 18 October 2021

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In occupied Horlivka, Donbas region, militants do not release members of the OSCE monitoring mission and demand the release of a militant detained by the Armed Forces near a breeding site near Zolotye on October 13, representative of the Ukrainian delegation in the Tripartite Contact Group Serhiy Harmash announced on his Facebook page.

"In Horlivka, members of the OSCE monitoring mission were taken hostage. Here is a quote from yesterday's mission report: "At 5:00 pm, two men (30-39 years old) in civilian clothes entered the hotel and informed the SMM staff that they were allowed to move freely around the hotel and park behind it, but they could not leave the hotel until a member of the armed group who was reportedly detained by the Armed Forces of Ukraine within the breeding area in Zolote on October 13 is released," Harmash wrote.

As it was reported earlier, OSCE has suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine following protests near its headquarters in separatist-controlled Donetsk. About 200 pro-Russian protesters confronted OSCE monitors on Saturday to demand the release of a rebel officer captured by the Ukrainian military last week.

At the same time, OSCE continues its monitoring mission in the part of the Luhansk region not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, despite the termination of work in occupied Donetsk.

Related: Ukraine responds to blocking of OSCE work in Donbas

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