18:09 Jun. 24, 2016
Deputy chief monitor says separatist forces restrict access, attack OSCE drones and the mission
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug has claimed the Russian-backed separatist forces coordinate actions in order to impede the mission's work.
"Since the beginning of the year those who hold the areas [in Donbas] not controlled by the Ukrainian government have restricted the movement of our observers six times more frequent than the government forces," Hug said at a briefing on Friday, June 24.
The Deputy Chief Monitor says the restrictions on the freedom of movement outside government-controlled areas, radiointerferences, and attacks at both OSCE's drones and the mission show the coordinated actions aimed at obstructing the observers' work.
"This also means certain persons responsible do not understand the nature of OSCE SMM's work," Hug added.