The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (MFA) strongly condemns the constant provocations against observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) by pro-Russian militants in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, the press service of the MFA of Ukraine reports.
The terrorists fired at a patrol of the OSCE observers from 82 mm mortars, which must have been withdrawn in accordance with the Annex to the package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements of February 12, 2015. The shelling also burned down the house of local residents.
“We consider this incident as yet another blatant attempt of Moscow and its puppets to intimidate the OSCE observers, negate the efforts of the Special Monitoring Mission to stabilize the situation on the contact line, prevent an impartial and objective informing the international community about the persistent violations of ceasefire and withdrawal of armaments by Russia and Russia-controlled militants,” the Foreign Ministry reports.
Diplomats have once again called on Russia to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements, immediately stop provocations against the OSCE observers and to ensure safe and unhindered access of the SMM to the entire occupied territory of particular areas in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, in particular, to temporary uncontrolled by Ukraine section of the Ukrainian-Russian border .
Representatives of the OSCE SMM came under mortar attack near the village of Vodyane at 94 kilometers from the city of Donetsk occupied by militants. The observers coordinate their visit with the Joint Center for control and coordination of the ceasefire in Donbas. During a dismounted patrol, when the SMM observers talked with the couple near their home, seven mortar shells - presumably, 82 mm caliber - fell on the village.