Militants restrict the freedom of movement for the OSCE observers in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donbass. It was stated in the OSCE’s report released on the mission’s website on May, 3.
Furthermore, according to the report, the militants denied the OSCE members access to the village of Lyubovka that was controlled by the DPR.
'In Lyubovka (20 km northwest of Donetsk) the DPR’s guard dressed in military clothes didn’t let the observers to enter the fortified complex, referring to the fact that it was locked and there was nothing there,' the mission stated.
The statement reads that the fortified complex, which the OSCE mission has tried to access is a former warehouse or a workshop.
The representative of the DPR said that this facility had been used as a base, but now it belongs to a local agricultural company.
Moreover, a member of the DPR at the militants’ checkpoint of Debaltseve tried to make the observers leave the area minutes after the arrival of the OSCE.
'According to him, the observers had no commander’s permission to stay here. The mission informed a joint center for control and coordination (JCCC) on the fact and left the area,' the statement reads.
At the same time, the mission noted that in the village of Novozvanivka (70 km west of Luhansk) held by Ukraine, a commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stopped the OSCE observers at a barricade and didn’t let go, referring to the fact that this was dangerous.