OSCE: "DPR" members instructed to deny SMM passage

13:50, 15 May 2017
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has said the members of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR") are instructed to stop SMM patrols and deny their passage unless they are on "planned routes."

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"In its headquarters in government-controlled Soledar (79km north of Donetsk) the JCCC provided the SMM with a copy of part of an instruction that the representative of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation said had been issued by the senior "DPR" members to those staffing checkpoints in parts of Donetsk region outside government control," the SMM said in a report based on information received as of 19:30 local time on May 12, 2017.

Read alsoOSCE spots six Grad systems, three tanks in near Russia-occupied Luhansk"According to this document, "DPR" members are instructed: to stop SMM patrols; to deny the SMM passage unless they are on "planned routes"; and to avoid any discussion with the SMM and to any enquiry from the SMM with the words "I am not authorized to explain," the report says.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, condemned the sexual harassment of an SMM patrol member by an armed man in the non-government controlled area of Donetsk region. The incident was reported on May 5.

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