22 September 2017
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OSCE SMM Deputy Chief Monitor says DPR terrorists threaten to kill monitors

Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug says that the last week has marked a sharp increase of aggression by Russian-backed Donetsk militants directed towards the OSCE SMM and they have threatened to kill OSCE monitors.


"Just this morning, in Bezimine  down at the Sea of Azov, a DPR [self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic] member threatened to kill our observers should they come to the checkpoint [he was manning] another time," Hug said at a briefing in the militant-controlled city of Donetsk on Wednesday.

"The mission continues to struggle with conflicting demands by the so-called DPR and the so-called LPR [Luhansk People's Republic]," Hug said.

"On the one hand they publically criticize us for not conducting patrols, but on the other hand, they do not allow us to actually reach these locations, by denying us access to these locations," he said.

The OSCE's monitoring drones have again experienced "military-grade jamming," he added.

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