OSCE sees 36 trucks with coal, waiting to cross into Russia

22:28, 12 November 2015
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported that trucks continue transporting coal from Donbas to Russia.


"The SMM visited a number of crossing points along the Ukraine-Russian Federation border. In "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR")-controlled Marynivka (79km south-east of Donetsk), the SMM observed 158 civilian cars, and 36 trucks loaded with coal, waiting to cross into the Russian Federation," the OSCE SMM said in its daily update based on information received as of 19:30 local time on November 11, 2015.

"The SMM observed five vehicles cross through the border in the space of 15 minutes. A number of people present, however, told the SMM that the average wait-time was 15-20 hours. Others told the SMM that many people regularly cross to buy food and fuel in the Russian Federation, where prices are approximately half of those in "DPR"-controlled areas," it said.

According to the OSCE SMM, in "DPR"-controlled Uspenka (73km south-east of Donetsk), people waiting to cross into the Russian Federation also mentioned long wait-times. A truck driver told the SMM that the capacity to process vehicles was limited.

"A number of people told the SMM that they were travelling to the Russian Federation to buy fuel which they intended to re-sell in "DPR"-controlled areas. A number of people said there was a fuel shortage in "DPR"-controlled areas," the update said. 

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