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Separatists end blockade of hotel housing OSCE in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) had been confined to their hotel in the separatist-held city of Donetsk for more than a week and had to suspend their patrolling mission
20:36, 24 October 2021

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Russian-backed separatists called off a protest outside a hotel in eastern Ukraine housing international conflict monitors. It ended a blockade sparked by the capture of a separatist officer by Ukrainian government forces, Reuters reports.

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) had been confined to their hotel in the separatist-held city of Donetsk for more than a week and had to suspend their patrolling mission.

 

It was one of several instances of the OSCE, Europe's main security watchdog, being blocked from operating since the capture of the separatist officer on October 13. The separatists had demanded help from the OSCE to secure his release.

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The OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has been deployed in eastern Ukraine since the outbreak of a war between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces that Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people.

 

Late on Saturday, a Reuters witness saw the protesters dismantling tents pitched outside the Park Inn hotel in the city centre and saw OSCE monitors walking out of the building.

One of the protesters at the scene, who did not provide her name, cited the worsening COVID-19 situation as a reason the protest had ended.

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