OSCE observers record transport “Cargo 200” leaving for Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ritual van proceeded to the Russian Federation from the territory of the "republics"
10:42, 26 October 2017

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Observers of the OSCE mission once again recorded a funeral van with Russian license plates and the inscription "Ritual", which entered Russia from the territory of Donbas. This is stated in the mission's weekly report for October 18 – 24 published on website.

“On 20 October at 10:03, two ambulances with “LPR’’ plates arrived in Donetsk BCP from the Ukrainian side and crossed into the Russian Federation at 10:50. The same ambulances returned to Ukraine at 17:50. Paramedic personnel were present but the OT was not able to see whether they carried patients or not,” the report says.

“On 21 October at 20:04 a van with Russian licence plates, bearing the inscription “Ritual” arrived in Donetsk BCP from the Ukrainian side and crossed to the Russian Federation. The OT was only able to observe the driver,” the message says.

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We can only guess what was transported by "ambulances."

In addition, the observers were able to notice how people in military uniform arrived on vehicles in Ukraine from Russia.

“On 21 October at 07:10, in Donetsk BCP the OT observed a convoy of two dark, UAZ Patriot type vehicles with Russian licence plates and tinted windows, crossing the border to Ukraine. On board were four people in different types of military style uniforms,” it is reported.

 As it was reported earlier OSCE Permanent Council has prolonged the mandate of the Organization’s monitoring mission at two checkpoints on the Ukraine-Russia state border. The Vienna-based OSCE secretariat told this.

The Organization added that the mandate of the mission, which consists of 22 members, remains unchanged. ‘Abiding by principles of impartial approach and transparency, the observers will monitor and report the situation on the two Russian checkpoints, as well as follow the movement along the border,’ the message reads.    

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