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Militants Open Fire OSCE SMM Patrol In Donetsk Region

Militants Open Fire OSCE SMM Patrol In Donetsk Region

An armed man opened fire near a patrol of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the "DPR"-controlled village of Sakhanka in Donetsk region on April 2, 2017.

The OSCE SMM announced this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The incident occurred in the village of Sakhanka (24km north-east of Mariupol) on April 2.

The statement reads that an SMM patrol composed of six members and two armored vehicles was stationary (since 12.25 p.m.) 50 meters west of the main Tsentralna street on the northern edge of "Sakhanka, in the parking lot of an uninhabited building. Three patrol members were outside the vehicles, and three were inside.

According to the statement, at 1 p.m., an unmarked car (a Lada with Ukrainian license plates) with three male passengers in military-style clothes moving north along the main street, reduced its speed in front of the uninhabited building, about 50 meters from the SMM patrol.

Then the driver opened his window and all of the passengers shouted loudly, in the Russian language, an insult towards the SMM.

The driver then took an assault rifle (AK-47) from one of the passengers in the car, and holding the steering wheel with his knees, put the assault rifle through the open window, pointed it up into the air, and shot twice, without stopping the car, proceeding north towards the nearby "DPR"-controlled village of Uzhivka (formerly Leninske, 24km north-east of Mariupol).

The SMM patrol left the scene after ten minutes. The SMM arrived to its base in Mariupol safely. The Mission informed the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination.

Mariana Betsa, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, condemns the incident in Twitter. She emphasizes that the OSCE SMM observers cannot be intimidated.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the OSCE SMM has said militants intimidated observers of the Mission on March 24, 2017.

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