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Russian occupation forces in Donbas prohibit OSCE Special Monitoring Mission observers from entering the facilities and territories under their control, Joint Forces Operation HQ wrote, citing information from the Ukrainian side to the Joint Control and Coordination Center.

“The Ukrainian side to the JCCC informs that the armed forces of the Russian Federation and their mercenaries in Donbas prohibit OSCE SMM observers from entering objects and territories they control, thereby hampering the mission’s activities,” the report says.

According to the report of the OSCE mission, the facts of restriction of freedom of movement, access denial, and other impediments have been recorded.

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In particular, at the checkpoint near Izvaryne, one of the militants ordered the mission patrol to leave the area. At the roadblock located at the northern entrance to Novoazovske, five militants did not allow the mission patrol to drive to the city center and eastward.

"The Ukrainian side to the JCCC considers inadmissible such aggressive actions of the Russian occupation troops, which have acquired a systemic nature, leading to an escalation of tensions both on the line of demarcation and generally in the area of the Joint Forces Operation," the JCCC said.