: Leader of Donetsk militants threatens to attack OSCE armed patrol

19:42 Apr. 25, 2016

Leader of Donetsk militants threatens to attack OSCE armed patrol

Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of Russian-backed separatist forces in Donetsk, left, addresses the media, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo)

International police mission expected in the occupied areas to prevent truce violations

Leader of Donetsk Russian-backed separatist forces Aleksandr Zakharchenko has said he will consider the arrival of the OSCE armed patrols in Donbas as "an intervention."

"If they have a desire to come here armed, I will consider this as an intervention. I will shoot down all armed OSCE mission representatives," Zakharchenko was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraina.

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According to the militant leader, the Russian-backed separatist forces agreed for a monitoring mission, representatives of which do not have right to have guns.

Zakharchenko added the militants are going to hold a military parade in the occupied city of Donetsk despite OSCE monitors' objection.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expects the arrival of the armed OSCE patrols in Donbas in the nearest future.

The police mission is expected to prevent the ceasefire violations and monitor the Ukrainian-Russian border controlled by the separatists. 

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