War in Ukraine: OSCE monitors in Donbas report threats to be detained, handcuffed

09:26 Sep. 24, 2016

OSCE monitors in Donbas report threats to be detained, handcuffed

OSCE observers during an exchange of prisoners-of-war in Eastern Ukraine, September 17, 2016 (GettyImages Photo)

Observers say, they were prevented from doing their job by both 'armed DPR members', Ukraine's armed forces 

'Armed 'DPR' (the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic - UT) members threatened to 'detain' & handcuff SMM monitors near Staromykhailivka. [The] OSCE SMM [is] ready/able to monitor, but prevented,' the OSCE SMM tweeted Friday, September 23. 

The OSCE SMM also said it had been 'restricted' near the villages of Bila Kamyanka and Novolaspa in Donetsk region.

'[The] OSCE SMM [is] ready and able to monitor, but restricted: [the] SMM was not allowed to proceed without 'DPR' escort between Bila Kamyanka & Novolaspa,' it tweeted.

Watch also: Recent Minsk Deal: Troops to be withdrawn from three frontline villages

OSCE observers also said that the Ukrainian side had not let them patrol near the checkpoint of Bohdanivka for security reasons, as land mines might be planted in the area.

"No secure guarantees (possible mines) – SMM mandate & Minsk violation," the tweet said.

The OSCE SMM also mentioned concrete blocks on the road near the town of Zolote controlled by the other self-proclaimed republic in Donbas – the Luhansk People's Republic. The OSCE SMM said this had prevented them from monitoring, thus violating the SMM mandate & Minsk agreements.

Reporting by UNIAN

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