: OSCE SMM caught in mortar shelling in government-controlled village of Vodiane

13:26 Jun. 23, 2016

OSCE SMM caught in mortar shelling in government-controlled village of Vodiane

OSCE observers seen by a school building damaged in a shelling attack on the village of Zaitsevo (Getty Images)

This is not the first time the monitors come under fire in eastern Ukraine

The patrol of OSCE's special monitoring mission in Donbas was caught in mortar fire June 22 as it was visiting government-controlled Vodiane (94km south of Donetsk), according to the SMM report published late Wednesday.

"At 11:18 the SMM was conducting a foot patrol and speaking with a couple at their house when the village was hit by seven mortar rounds assessed as 82mm calibre," reads the report.

The SMM and Ukrainian Armed Forces, including a Ukrainian representative from the JCCC, took cover in a house and the monitors have immediately contacted members of an SMM mirror patrol in "DPR"-controlled Kominternove (23km north-east of Mariupol), which was escorted by a Russian Federation Armed Forces representative to the JCCC, to try to facilitate a ceasefire.

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Two more explosions were heard by patrol, assessed as mortar rounds impacting in the village. "One round caused a house in the south-west part of the village to catch fire; the house was burning fiercely when the patrol left the village," the report reads.

Reporting by UNIAN

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