Tuesday, August 9 2016 16:20 EEST
Leader of pro-Kremlin militants in Donbas refuses to cooperate with OSCE SMM
Eastern Ukraine, Russia military, violations, SMM monitoring, impediments, Zakharchenko, effective steps, OSCE, DPR, aggression, illegal armed unit

So-called ‘head’ of self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic turns down the OSCE SMM’s offer to meet and discuss steps to avoid violence against the Mission’s workers

112.international reports: 

According to the mission’s daily report, The SMM continued to insist on accountability and responsibility for violations related to impediments to SMM monitoring and verification. 

‘Zakharchenko continued to refuse to meet the SMM in order to indicate effective steps taken in response to the incident on 29 July when SMM monitors were threatened at gunpoint by aggressive armed 'DPR' members near Lukove (72km south of Donetsk)’, reads the statement by the OSCE SMM in eastern Ukraine

Back then, a member of an illegal armed unit pointed a gun at OSCE observers, threatening to shoot them.

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