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OSCE continues its monitoring mission in occupied territory of Luhansk region

Source : 112 Ukraine

The OSCE representatives called on the parties to immediately remove any obstacles to the free movement of observers in the occupied regions
11:58, 18 October 2021

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The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe 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. This was reported by the OSCE press service, Dom TV channel reports.

“Due to the protest in front of the hotel where the Mission members live in uncontrolled Donetsk, the SMM is unable to send any patrol from it to carry out its assigned tasks. Patrolling in uncontrolled areas in Luhansk region continues in accordance with the mission's mandate," the message reports.

The OSCE representatives called on the parties to immediately remove any obstacles to the free movement of observers in the occupied regions and recalled that they carry out monitoring and fact-finding work, and do not provide assessments.

The day before, it became known that the OSCE had suspended its monitoring mission in the occupied Donbas due to protests.

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.

The mission had faced previous protests organised by Moscow-backed separatists, but this time demonstrators appeared to block the entrance to the hotel where the monitors are based.

"Because of our safety concerns and because of our safety rules and considerations we suspended our operations," Yaşar Halit Çevik told, though he added that the monitors had not yet felt threatened by the protesters.

Related: Russia blocks OSCE conference when prevented from spreading disinformation about occupied Crimea and Donbas

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