OSCE SMM vehicle hit by bullet near Snizhne

10:52, 08 April 2016
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported that one of their two armored vehicles, driving north-east of the town of Snizhne near the administrative boundary between Donetsk and Luhansk regions, was hit by a bullet.

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"On April 7 at 09:45hrs, while an SMM patrol, comprised of four SMM members in two armored vehicles, was 3.5km north-east of Snizhne ("DPR"-controlled, 72km east of Donetsk) near the administrative boundary between Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the driver of the front SMM vehicle heard the trunk window crackling. After stopping to inspect the vehicle, the SMM noted on the lower right part of the trunk window a hole, 5mm in diameter, assessed to be caused by a bullet. This window was not bullet-proof, whereas a bullet-proof glass divides the trunk and the passenger cabin of the car," the OSCE SMM said in a Spot Report on April 7, 2016.

Read alsoOSCE sees four trucks with coal in occupied Donbas close to Russian borderOn the latter the SMM noted a small chip, 3mm in diameter, possibly caused by the same bullet. The SMM further observed a bullet exit point on the left side of the trunk window, a hole 15mm in diameter. "No bullet or projectile was recovered from inside the vehicle. No SMM members were hurt and the patrol returned safely to its base in the city of Luhansk at 12:30hrs," it said.

Due to the fact that no shot was heard, the SMM cannot ascertain at what time and location it was hit, it added.

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