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OSCE SMM Restricts Patrolling In Luhansk On November 21-22

OSCE SMM Restricts Patrolling In Luhansk On November 21-22

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The Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe restricted patrolling in Luhansk for security reasons on November 21-22.

This is said in a spot report of the SMM, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"On November 21 and November 22, the SMM saw that an area in Luhansk city, with radius of up to approximately to 600m from 38 Lunacharskoho Street, was cordoned off. On both days, inside the cordoned-off area, the SMM saw about 100 unidentified armed persons, most of them masked (or hiding their faces) and wearing white tape stripes on both arms," reads the report.

It reads that the same area, the SMM also saw four stationary armored personnel carriers (APC) (one at each location) in Kotelnykova (BTR-variant), Lermontova Street (BTR-variant), Kotelnykova Street (BTR-80), and at Polskoho Street (BTR-70).

In the morning of November 22, the SMM observed at least four military-type trucks (with no license plates), an APC (BTR-variant) and five unidentified armed persons wearing military-style clothes and wearing white tape stripes on both arms near the intersection of Radianska and Lermontova Streets. The men denied the SMM passage south through Lermontova Street.

"The SMM has taken additional security and operational measures, such as recalling staff to base early on November 21 and maintaining restricted patrolling on both November 21 and 22," reads the report.

The report also reads that from the afternoon of November 21 until the evening of November 22, the SMM also noticed that there was no radio nor TV signals available in the hotels where the SMM is accommodated.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the OSCE SMM continued to observe presence of infantry fighting vehicles and armed personnel in the center of Luhansk on November 22.

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