Near the village of Lugansk an armed man threatened the OSCE patrol weapons

The mission was informed about the incident by the Joint center for control and coordination of ceasefire

Photo: OSCE SMM Ukraine / Twitter

On the bridge near the village of Lugansk an armed man threatened with a weapon observers of the special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE. This is stated in the report of the international organization of 13 August.

Today at around 09.45 SMM patrol of four was South of the broken phase of a pedestrian bridge South of the government-controlled Ukrainian Village of Lugansk (16 km from occupied Luhansk), near the advanced position of the militants “LNR” within the zone of breeding.

During the mission, they were approached by the naked man in military clothes and tried to talk to observers, but to understand him they could not – the man had spoken Russian with a strong accent. Observers suggest that he is a native of the North Caucasus.

Soon the man returned with an assault rifle and sent it to representatives of the MSF.

The report says that this was also attended by two unarmed men in military clothing.

“Boroujeny man motioned his gun to patrol, loudly speaking (in Russian): “You’re all spies. You have nothing to go near our positions. You generally have nothing to do here. Get out of here. Count to three and if you don’t leave, I will shoot.” Then he began to count (in Russian): “One…, two…,” says the OSCE SMM.

The head of patrol interrupted him, saying that the patrol will leave, and the observers returned to their cars.

“The mission was informed by the Joint center for control and coordination of ceasefire regime about the incident and asked him to investigate”, – stated in the message.

The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in April 2014. Fighting underway between the Armed forces of Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels who control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

OSCE SMM is an unarmed civilian mission is monitoring the situation in all regions of Ukraine. She regularly prepares reports on the situation in the country and is also involved in the negotiations between the parties to the conflict in the Donbass. The mission began its work on 29 July 2014 in accordance with the decision of the OSCE permanent Council.

Observers have repeatedly reported the attacks, the provocations of the militants and the non-admission of observers.

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