OSCE: DPR militants open fire on observers of monitoring mission

12:39, 08 April 2015
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The OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine has said that militants from the Donetsk People’s Republic organization opened fire in the direction of observers from the mission, the press service of the OSCE reported on Wednesday.


According to the report, on April 7, while traveling on the highway E58 in the direction of a DPR militants’ checkpoint in the village of Shyrokino 20 kilometers east of Mariupol, representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission were stopped by militants, who blocked the traffic on the road in the northern part of the village of Shyrokino, which is controlled by the militants of the DPR.

Moreover, it is said that once the observers approached the checkpoint on foot, the militants immediately fired warning shots from a heavy machine gun and automatic rifle in the direction of one of the representatives of the OSCE mission. The bullets hit on the left and right sides of the representative of the mission.

At the same time, according to the press service, the observers continued to move forward to establish contact with the representatives of the DPR to get permission to travel. After a long conversation, the militants allowed the OSCE mission to travel to the east in the direction of Novoazovsk and a section of the Ukrainian-Russian border.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the OSCE mission has been unable to confirm that there has been a complete withdrawal of heavy weapons from the demarcation line in the Donbas conflict zone.

The Ukrainian authorities regularly claim that the militants have attacked Ukrainian army positions on the front line with heavy weapons, which were supposed to have been pulled back under the Minsk peace accords.

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