OSCE spots buses with children from occupied Donbas on Russia-Ukraine border

16:38, 30 August 2017
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, which is based at the Russian Gukovo and Donetsk Border Crossing Points (BCPs), has recorded buses with children from the occupied territories of Donbas, which crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border.

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"On August 28, an organized bus convoy with approximately 450 children was observed at Donetsk BCP. The children were traveling to Ukraine from a Russian summer camp. Another bus convoy with approximately 250 children traveled the next day from Ukraine to the Russian Federation," the OSCE SMM said in a weekly update based on information as of August 29, 2017.

Read alsoOSCE records fewer ceasefire violations in DonbasIt is also reported that "on August 25, at 10:40 an ambulance with Russian Federation licence plates went towards Ukraine through Donetsk BCP, and came back at 10:55, with a crew of three persons. The OT [observer team] was not able to see if someone was being transported."

"During the reporting period, the number of persons in military-style outfits crossing the border in both directions was 99 this week at both BCPs compared to 47 last week; 46 of them crossed into the Russian Federation, 53 into Ukraine," the OSCE added.

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