OSCE SMM caught in mortar shelling in Gov't-controlled Vodiane

12:00, 23 June 2016
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The patrol of OSCE's special monitoring mission in Donbas was caught in mortar fire June 22 as it was visiting government-controlled Vodiane (94km south of Donetsk), according to the SMM report published late Wednesday.

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"At 11:18 the SMM was conducting a foot patrol and speaking with a couple at their house when the village was hit by seven mortar rounds assessed as 82mm calibre," reads the report.

The SMM and Ukrainian Armed Forces, including a Ukrainian representative from the JCCC, took cover in a house and the monitors have immediately contacted members of an SMM mirror patrol in “DPR”-controlled Kominternove (23km north-east of Mariupol), which was escorted by a Russian Federation Armed Forces representative to the JCCC, to try to facilitate a ceasefire.

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"One round caused a house in the south-west part of the village to catch fire; the house was burning fiercely when the patrol left the village," the report reads.

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