Explosions and shooting from small arms were recorded near the patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission not far from the city of Zolote in the Donbas, according to the mission report.
Reportedly, yesterday, on June 23, a patrol of the SMM consisting of six employees on two armored vehicles was in the government-controlled city of Zolote-4. All members of the patrol were outside the cars. It is noted that the observers were on the territory of a residential area, at a distance of about 300 meters to the north of the disengagement area. At 10:38 in less than a minute they heard an intense fire from small arms (about 50-100 shots), 2 explosions estimated as 82mm mortar rounds, and 3 shots from an automatic grenade launcher (AGS type) - all at a distance of about 100 meters to the southeast. At 10:42 the SMM team heard 3-4 bursts from a large-caliber machine gun, followed by numerous shots from small arms in 150-200 meters to the southeast.
According to observers, at least one bullet was fired from the south-eastern direction, and "made a distinct whistle sound while flying overhead, so low that SMM patrol members bent down." After that, the observers headed west toward the government checkpoint located 300 meters north of the Zolote disengagement area. Observers noted that the Ukrainian military sent weapons to the south towards the Zolote disengagement area and two military vehicles drove at high speed east towards Zolote-4.
“At 10:46 the SMM patrol reached the top of a hill 1km north of the checkpoint, from where it saw white smoke rising 3km south-east assessed to be inside the Zolote disengagement area.”
A few days ago, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in the Donbas reported that the armed members of the "DPR" attacked the observers in the Yasynuvata area.
In turn, the special services of the terrorist organization "Donetsk People's Republic" called this attack an allegedly planned action to discredit the so-called leadership of the "DPR", and later reported the detention of armed people who attacked the SMM OSCE patrol.
On June 24, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug, along with other observers of the OSCE SMM, are patrolling the area of Zolote-Pervomaisk, one of the three sites of the disengagement area.