OSCE monitors shelled in eastern Ukraine despite ceasefire

15 September 2014 14:08
(QHA) -

A six-person international monitoring team came under shelling attack twice in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Sunday despite a cease-fire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, a spokesman for the group said on Monday.

"We came under fire slightly north of the town of Kirovskoye and we spent 3 1/2 hours in our cars. We counted at least 40 mortar impacts just next to our cars. One of our cars was severely damaged. We then had to move into one car, then move back through Kirovskoye, down to the main road H21, and arrived here safe and sound just a few minutes ago"- the chief monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug said.

None of the OSCE team was injured, though the statement said the monitors had seen the body of a woman lying in the street in the market area.

Donetsk and Luhansk are the main strongholds for pro-Russian separatists.