: OSCE patrol comes under fire as Russian-backed separatist forces attempt to intimidate mission

10:56 Apr. 10, 2016

OSCE patrol comes under fire as Russian-backed separatist forces attempt to intimidate mission

OSCE SMM - Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (Photo source: Facebook)

No one is hurt as a result of the incident

Representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission came under fire in Zhovanka, a government-controlled part of Zaitseve, according to a report published late on April 9.

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The SMM patrol, comprised of five members in two armoured vehicles, was accompanied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"At 12:52hrs, the SMM heard an explosion assessed as caused either by an 82mm mortar or a recoilless gun round impacting at a distance of approximately 100-200m south-east of its position. Within the next two seconds, small-arms shots were fired towards the SMM position coming approximately from the same direction of the impact," the report said.

The OSCE monitors added, that nobody was hurt as a result of the incident:

"The SMM immediately took cover behind the vehicles, and then got inside them and left the location. No SMM members were hurt or vehicles damaged," the mission reported.

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The patrol returned safely to its base in Svitlodarsk. 

Commenting on the incident Ukrainian military officials said the Russian-backed military forces attempt to intimidate the mission and force it to abandon the practice of ‘mirror patrolling' of the hottest points of the frontline.




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