OSCE: One DPR militant killed in 'exchange of fire' near Donetsk airport

15:27, 22 October 2015
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported on a cross shootout between the combined Russian-separatist forces and the Ukrainian military near Donetsk airport.

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"At the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) observation post at Donetsk railway station ("Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR")-controlled, 6km north-west of Donetsk), the SMM heard a total of 28 explosions and two single small-arms shots 3-5km north-north-east, west and north-north-west of the observation post in what a Ukrainian Armed Forces officer and a Russian Federation Armed Forces officer at the JCCC described as an exchange of fire in the area of the Volvo Centre ("DPR"-controlled, 12km west-north-west of Donetsk)," the OSCE SMM said on October 21 in its update based on information as of 19:30 local time on October 20.

At 13:05 Kyiv time, another Russian Federation Armed Forces JCCC officer told the SMM that as a result of this exchange, a "DPR" member was killed and another one was injured.

"The SMM was unable to immediately visit the location of the incident, due to security concerns. At 13:28 local time, two vehicles arrived in the observation post parking area and a "DPR" member showed the SMM the body of a young man, who the "DPR" member claimed had been killed in the alleged exchange of fire… A short while later, two other vehicles with four armed "DPR" members arrived at the parking lot and one of them became verbally aggressive towards the SMM," the report says.

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