Enemy forces shelling OSCE: Militant forces shelling endanger OSCE observers in Donbas

17:05 Sep. 2, 2016

Militant forces shelling endanger OSCE observers in Donbas

Deputy Head of the OSCE SMM Alexander Hug (UNIAN Photo)

OSCE SMM was forced to leave its forward patrol base due to the close proximity of shelling

The OSCE SMM has made a statement that the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" endangers their observers, as it happened in the city of Shchastia on August 30.

According to the OSCE report of August 31, the SMM monitors continue to be confronted by freedom-of-movement restrictions, particularly in areas not controlled by the Ukrainian government. On August 20, the SMM came under small-arms fire in the city of Novooleksandrivka.

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The deputy head of the OSCE SMM Alexander Hug claimed that there are fewer cease-fire violations in the combat zone of eastern Ukraine.

"We've recorded substantially fewer cease-fire violations, however, it's early to say that the parties will duly observe a cease-fire. No doubt, if they are responsible enough to observe it, they will be able to reach it", Alexander Hug said.

He added that "we heard the same promise (to observe a cease-fire) last year as well. And it allowed to greatly reduce the level of violence for almost two months"

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