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Ukraine: OSCE SMM Spot Report 5/2020: Members of the armed formations continued to deny SMM patrols passage at three checkpoints in Donetsk region and a checkpoint in Luhansk region

Country: Ukraine Source: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe On 26 March, members of the armed formations again denied attempts of the SMM to cross into non-government-controlled areas three times in Donetsk region and once in Luhansk region, all along official crossing routes. At about 09:35 at the checkpoint of the armed formations south of Stanytsia Luhanska bridge (15km north-east of Luhansk), a member of the armed formations denied an SMM foot patrol comprising four members walking from government-controlled areas passage into non-government-controlled areas, citing orders from superiors . At about 10:10 at a checkpoint near Verkhnoshyrokivske (formerly Oktiabr, non-government-controlled, 85km south of Donetsk), three members (two visibly armed) of the armed formations denied an SMM patrol comprising two vehicles and six members travelling from government-controlled areas passage into non-government-controlled areas, without providing the reason for denial. At about 10:14 at a checkpoint near Horlivka (non-government-controlled, 38km north-east of Donetsk), two armed members of the armed formations denied an SMM patrol comprising two vehicles and six members travelling from government-controlled areas passage into non-government-controlled areas, citing restrictions due to quarantine . At about 11:35 at a checkpoint near Olenivka (non-government-controlled, 23km south-west of Donetsk), an armed member of the armed formations denied an SMM patrol comprising two vehicles and six members travelling from government-controlled areas passage into non-government-controlled areas, citing the closure of the checkpoint due to COVID-19 . The Mission began facing repeated denials when attempting to cross into non-government-controlled areas at checkpoints of the armed formations in Donetsk region on 21 March and Luhansk region on 23 March (see SMM Spot Reports 2/2020, 3/2020 and 4/2020). These restrictions to the SMM s freedom of movement across the contact line are an impediment to the implementation of its mandate throughout the country. Contacts Dragana Nikolic-Solomon
Chief of Press and Public Information Unit
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine 26 Turhenievska Street
01054 Kyiv
Ukraine
Office: +380 44 392 08 55
Mobile: +380 95 291 99 18
Dragana.Nikolic-Solomon@osce.org
smm-press@osce.org Iryna Korobko
National Media Officer
OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine
26 Turhenievska Street
01054 Kyiv
Ukraine
Office: +380 44 392 09 84
Mobile: +380 67 235 38 16
iryna.korobko@osce.org
smm-press@osce.org


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