: Russian-backed separatists block OSCE from occupied Luhansk

12:11 Jun. 2, 2016

Russian-backed separatists block OSCE from occupied Luhansk

A man rides a bicycle during a visit of OSCE observers to the village of Zaitsevo. (Getty Images)

Militants aggressively demand the monitoring mission leave the area

The Russian-backed separatist forces prevented the representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine from travelling from Stanytsia Luhanska to the militant-occupied city of Luhansk. That's according to the Mission's press service, Liga.net reports.

"The observers have just crossed the bridge from the government-controlled area, but they were made to return," the OSCE explained.

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The press service added the Russian-backed separatist forces were aggressive and demanded that the Mission leave the areas to the south of the bridge.

The militants also claimed the OSCE representatives did not have rights to be "on their territories."

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