: Russian-backed militants threaten to open fire at OSCE - monitors

10:13 Apr. 20, 2016

Russian-backed militants threaten to open fire at OSCE - monitors

OSCE Representative takes photos of projectile fragments (UNIAN Photo)

OSCE watchdogs observe an increased number of ceasefire violations in Donetsk region

OSCE reports of threats coming from Russian-backed militants to open fire if the monitors put their vehicles near the positions of Ukraine's Armed Forces, according to the mission's report published on April 19.

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"OSCE received threats from armed men. While in DPR (Donetsk People's Republic)-controlled Donetsk city, a DPR member approached an OSCE patrol, claiming that he had seen OSCE vehicles near a Ukrainian Armed Forces excavator and said he would open fire at the monitors if this were to happen again," reads the report.

Following this, the militant left the scene. 

In a separate incident, armed LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) members in the LPR-controlled village of Parkhomenko (29km east of Luhansk) threatened to detain OSCE watchdogs.

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It is noted that armed militants stopped the OSCE monitors at a checkpoint near the entrance to LPR (militant)-controlled Parkhomenko border crossing point and asked for the OSCE patrol plan.

"When OSCE monitors refused to show the patrol plan, the LPR members told OSCE members to depart and threatened to detain them if they diverted from the main road upon departure," the OSCE reports. "OSCE watchdogs notified the Joint Center for Coordination and Control, which said that the border area is not under its jurisdiction and advised OSCE experts to leave."

Reporting by UNIAN

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