Armed men who attacked the patrol of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) in the town of Yasiynovataya were detained by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) state security forces, Donetsk News Agency reported on June 21.
“As a result of the measures taken by the DPR Defense Ministry and State Security Ministry, armed men who attacked the OSCE SMM patrol on June 20 were detained in the course of the investigation,” said the DPR Operational Command. The attackers dressed in military attire and balaclavas approached the OSCE SMM in a car with Ukrainian license plates, threatened the OSCE observers with weapons, damaged their vehicle, and fired several shots in the air. It is reported that the detained are not enlisted with the DPR army or a law enforcement authority. The preliminary investigation suggests that the attack was ordered by Ukrainian security forces to discredit DPR’s authorities and to intimidate the OSCE observers.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) was deployed on March 21, 2014 following a request by Ukraine’s government and a consensus decision by all 57 OSCE states. The SMM is an unarmed civilian mission with the task to observe and report on the situation in Ukraine.
After the attack on June 20, the OSCE SMM posted a message in its Twitter account, “Armed so-called “DPR” members violently attacked unarmed civilian monitors. Details in spot report to follow .”
The Ukrainian media spread the information that the “DPR fighters” attacked the OSCE observers.
Earlier, a published correspondence of the Ukrainian forces revealed that Ukrainian security forces are carried out the land mine explosion which blew up a vehicle carrying an OSCE monitoring team in the Lugansk People Republic on April 23, 2017.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency