Militants blocking OSCE SMM access to occupied Novoazovsk

13:50, 22 July 2017
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Pro-Russian militants are impeding access of the OSCE observers to the temporarily occupied town of Novoazovsk in Donetsk region, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission wrote on Twitter.

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"Minsk violation: #OSCE monitors are prevented access 2 Novoazovsk again. 2 SMM patrols stopped @ CP. Other civilian traffic moves freely," OSCE SMM tweeted.

The Mission added that the monitors have been waiting for over an hour at Novoazovsk checkpoint. "SMM patrols see a lot of military type movement there," the mission tweeted.

"JCCC fails 2 remove the impediment. Senior so-called 'DPR razvedka' [intel] member cites 'orders' for denial of access 2 #OSCE SMM," another tweet reads.

After two hours spent at the checkpoint with no opportunity to enter the town of Novozaovsk, the SMM observers reported "(m)ore military type movement in direction to&from UA-RF border."

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