Donetsk residents protest in front of OSCE mission office

15.02.2017, DPR.

Donetsk residents held a protest demonstration in front of the office of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in Donetsk expressing their indignation with the inefficiency of OSCE activities in the zone of armed conflict in Donbass, Donetsk News Agency informed on February 15th.

Protesters, gathered near Park Inn hotel in Donetsk, where the OSCE office is located, and brought signs reading “OSCE, open your eyes”, “Hug is the agent of Kiev”, “Speak the truth, Hug”. The representatives of OSCE SMM, who came out to the city residents, ensured that the demands of the citizens of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) would be communicated to the office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The people of Donbass are outraged that the OSCE SMM is refusing to report facts of the Ukrainian army’s shelling of the towns and villages of the region. In particular, the protesters drew attention to the tragedy in the village of Trudovskiye of the Petrovsky district in Donetsk, where 20 houses were destroyed on the night of January 25th to the 26th.

In response to the demands from the protesters, the OSCE SMM Head Olga Skripovskaya said that the Mission is ready to conduct a repeat survey of the aftermath of shelling of Trudovskiye.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission was established as part of the Minsk Agreements implementation two years ago. During these years, the SMM has been repeatedly accused of the inefficient fulfillment of their obligations, of responding in a biased manner to incidents occurring along the contact line, and of refusing to report on shellings of peaceful residents on DPR territory. One of the most significant example is the incident that happened in January 2017, when the OSCE SMM did not include in its report the fact of the Ukrainian army’s tanks had crossed into the demilitarized zone in the town of Avdeevka. At the same time, the photos containing an OSCE mission car alongside the Ukrainian fighting vehicles appeared on the Internet.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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