OSCE patrol witnessed explosion near "LPR" militants’ checkpoint

Source : 112 Ukraine

Incident occurred near Molodizhne
13:06, 29 April 2017


The explosion occurred not far from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) patrol near "LPR" checkpoint, another patrol on "LPR" territory witnessed small-arms fire, according to spot report by OSCE SMM.

It is informed that SMM patrol consisting of six members and two armored vehicles was positioned at an “LPR”-checkpoint approximately 1.5 km south-west of “LPR”-controlled Molodizhne (63 km north-west of Luhansk) speaking with an armed “LPR” member on April 28.

"At 12:17, the patrol members were proceeding to their vehicles to depart the area when the same “LPR” member began waving his hand at the SMM, indicating that the patrol should depart quickly. At 12:20, from inside their vehicles, the SMM heard an explosion assessed as an airburst about 50-100m north-west," the message reads.

At the same time, monitors saw a cloud of black smoke rising above the mentioned location, however the impact location was not observed from the distance. Mission members were not able to assess the cause of the explosion.

SMM patrol left the area immediately and safely returned to its base.

Beyond that, reports says about small arms fire in another monitoring location.

"At about 10:35, while all SMM patrol members were outside of their vehicles, the patrol heard a shot of small-arms fire approximately 40-50m south. The SMM could not determine the type of weapon or the direction in which it was fired," the message says.

SMM notified the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination and requested it to follow up in both cases.

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