OSCE: militants deny monitors' access to Debaltseve on May 7

22:38, 08 May 2015

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine claims that its monitors are restrained in fulfilling its monitoring functions by restrictions imposed by third parties and security considerations including the lack of information on whereabouts of landmines.


The mission announced this on May 8, 2015, in its update based on information received as of 1930 Kyiv time on May 7, 2015.

"The "DPR" deputy "commandant" in Debaltseve told the SMM that it was not permitted to travel to "DPR"-controlled Lohvynove (8.5km north-west of Debaltseve), saying live-fire exercises were ongoing there," the update reads.

"The security situation in Donbas is fluid and unpredictable and the cease-fire does not hold everywhere," the OSCE SMM stressed.

As UNIAN reported earlier, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has condemned violations of the ceasefire along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine during the last few days.

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