Mine clearance is postponed because of lack of readiness from OSCE

02.03.2017, DPR.

The inspection at Donetsk water filtration plant for mines and scheduled for the morning, March 2nd, was postponed due to the lack of the readiness from the OSCE representatives, but the Ukrainian side ignored the [previous] agreements, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency on March 2nd.

The inspection of the plant was postponed until 2 PM allowing the OSCE representatives to take part in it as is stipulated by Clause 3 of the document on the mine action. The representatives of the DPR PM, DPR Ministry of Emergency Situation, Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination in Donbass, as well as the representatives of Water Donbass Company met at 10.30 AM, but the OSCE representatives did not arrive.

The Ukrainian side claimed that they are clearing Donetsk water filtration plant of the mines by themselves which violates the rules [set by the document on the mine action]. “The document clearly spells that the OSCE representatives must be present,” the source said.

The source also note that the authorities of the Republic are fully assisting the inspection.

On February 26th, 2017, Ukrainian military left the Donetsk water filtration plant in the neutral zone, which they seized in violation of the Minsk agreements. There was information that the Ukrainian army was organizing its positions in the vicinity of the plant.

Yesterday, February 1st, the Contact group signed the document on the mine action, which obliged the Armed Forces and armed groups to map the areas, which must be cleared of mines.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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