Monitors of the OSCE special mission in Donbas had to evacuate their field office in Popasna, Luhansk region, due to an attack by pro-Russian militants in late hours of June 29. Ukrainian officers from the Joint Control and Coordination Committee (JCCC) reported that on Friday morning.
The militants shelled the office, using 82 mm mortars, AA guns and small arms, OSCE SMM said.
‘None of the OSCE workers were injured. By landing such armed assaults, the illegal armed units in Luhansk region are trying to intimidate OSCE worker, to prevent them from doing their job,’ the observers added.
The Ukrainian side of the JCCC strongly condemns such actions by the pro-Russian militants in this area, qualifying them as a rude violation of Minsk agreement.
This is not the first time militants attacked OSCE observers in Donbas.