OSCE Mission does not register the Ukrainian Army weaponry banned by Minsk Agreements, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin claimed on Saturday, March 5th, RIA Novosti news agency informs.
“OSCE monitors, for some reasons, refuse to register the Ukrainian army weaponry, tanks, and artillery banned by Minsk Agreements in the buffer zone, as well as carrying out engineering work in Shyrokino, Vodyanoe, Pavlopol, Gnutovo, Zaitsevo villages. People, who cross the checkpoints, see everything with their own eyes, and fear these punitive forces’ preparations for the next round of military actions,“- Eduard Basurin stated. He also pointed to the unfounded accusations of the Ukrainian side against DPR military: “The representatives of the Ukrainian Army receive the information, which they operate, from the front battalions (positions) and not from their monitors (in Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination – Editor) that is forbidden by the instruction of Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination. Thus, the Ukrainian side is preoccupied with nothing else but the submission of false accusations of shelling the villages and towns from the territory controlled by DPR in its daily reports to OSCE mission.“
Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination is a group to monitor the compliance with the Minsk Agreements. It consists of representatives of Russian Federation, Ukraine, Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. At the end of January 2016, it became known that the Ukrainian side withdrew its military staff present in the DPR territory from the Commission. In February 2016, the Ukrainian side initiated a number of criminal proceedings against the Russian officers, who are the members of Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination. A Russian general belonging to the Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination was shelled by Ukrainian militants on March 5.