OSCE Mission resumes patrolling in Donbass

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) resumed patrolling in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) following protests in Horlivka. It is reported by Donetsk news agency with reference to the operational report of the organization. The mission suspended operations on 17 October.

“At 15:40 on October 18, the mission team noted that the previously fixed padlock and chain had been removed from the vehicle gates of the Mission Forward Patrol Base (FSP) in Horlivka, and that the gates had been opened. In front of the PPB building, the observers saw a previously erected tent, but did not record people and vehicles nearby. The OSCE team left the base for patrolling and returned at 16:03, ”the document says.

Protest actions took place in Gorlovka on the night of September 18 near the Rodina hotel, where the office of the OSCE monitoring mission is located. The protesters blocked exits from the hotel and demanded that representatives of the mission help free the LPR observer in the JCCC Andrei Kosyak from captivity. They set up tent camps. Later, negotiators persuaded the activists to end the protest.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine detained Mr. Kosyak on October 13. According to the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group, representatives of the LPR in the JCCC carried out reconnaissance of the positions left by the Ukrainian military. After that, the LPR representation in the JCCC limited the routes of movement of the OSCE observers.

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