OSCE SMM: armed 'DPR' members instructed not to let SMM pass checkpoints

12:17, 20 June 2017

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine says that Russian-backed militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR") were instructed not to let the SMM enter the area, according to an OSCE  SMM report. 

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"On 18 June, armed 'DPR' members at a checkpoint north-west of Sidove (106km south of Donetsk) prevented the SMM from entering the village, claiming that they were instructed not to let the SMM pass the checkpoint and that the area was closed to foreigners. The Mission observed civilian vehicles proceeding through the checkpoint. The SMM informed the JCCC [Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire in Donbas]," the report said.

Read alsoOSCE SMM: Truck with civilians hits anti-tank mine near occupied Horlivka"On 18 June, an armed 'DPR' member at a checkpoint in Oleksandrivske (formerly Rozy Liuksemburh, 90km south-east of Donetsk) initially told the SMM that there were no live-fire exercises taking place nearby. When the SMM attempted to proceed east, however, he told the SMM that no vehicles were permitted to pass due to ongoing live-fire exercises," the OSCE SMM added. 

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