The OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine will keep on working in the occupied areas of Donbas, despite the tragic death of their colleague in Luhansk region yesterday. Ertugrul Apakan, the head of the mission, said that in his statement released at the OSCE website Monday, April 24.
‘The entire OSCE Special Monitoring Mission is filled with great sorrow at the loss of a team member while conducting a patrol near non-government controlled Pryshyb in the Luhansk region yesterday morning. I am today travelling to the area to extend my support to the monitors and understand the situation better. This international unarmed civilian monitoring mission is staffed with dedicated professionals who work hard to implement the mission’s mandate of contributing to normalisation and stabilisation in Ukraine. They risk their lives daily to complete this task’, Apakan said in his message.
The official urged for non-biased comprehensive investigation into the death of the OSCE SMM monitor and punishment for those behind it.
‘In spite of this tragedy, we remain committed to fulfilling our mandate and contributing to bring peace to the people of Ukraine. My thoughts and condolences are with the loved ones of the team member who lost his life and a speedy recovery to the injured’, Apakan concluded.
The two wounded OSCE observers who were in the same car with their deceased colleague are now at hospital; their condition is moderately grave.
The OSCE SMM vehicle went on a landmine as the car was moving across the militant-occupied area of Luhansk region. A U.S. worker of the mission deceased, while two of his co-workers from Germany and the Czech Republic were wounded.
OSCE SMM patrols temporarily suspended their work in the occupied areas of Luhansk region.