Ukrainian side of the Joint Coordination Center for Ceasefire Monitoring (JCCC) in collaboration with the ATO headquarters prevented another attempt of the Russian-controlled mercenaries to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Ukraine as a whole, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the ATO press service.
For example, on December 26, the Donetsk Office of the OSCE SMM filed a request to the Ukrainian side of JCCC to provide a permission for conducting an inspection trip, guarded by the militants’ armed groups along the route Kominternove – Vodyane.
It should be recalled that It should be recalled that the village of Kominternove, located in the so-called gray area on the contact line, 23 km north-east of Ukrainian-controlled strategic Azov sea port city of Mariupol in Donetsk region, has been occupied by the militants of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (“DPR”) since Tuesday morning.
Yesterday morning, DPR’s media have already claimed that on Friday, allegedly the ATO forces carried out shelling from mortars at Kominternove and Vodyane, which is located 2.5 km south.
However, according to the information of the Ukrainian side of the JCCC, terrorist troops tried to direct the OSCE SMM observers to an ambush, where the militants, dressed in the uniform of Armed Forces of Ukraine, planned to shoot the observers and accuse Ukrainian troops of violating the Minsk Agreements and Ukraine – of the inability to provide the proper conditions for the OSCE SMM to perform its functions under the mandate.
Later today, the militants’ media resource DAN reported that Eduard Basurin, one of the top militaries of the separatists and anti-Ukrainian propaganda mouthpiece, said that he got under Ukrainian troops’ shelling, along with the SMM observers and the Russian side of the JCCC near Kominternove. “Accidentally,” they were accompanied by a Russian media crew, which got under fire with them.
Yesterday, Ukrainian side announced a warning that militants were preparing provocation against members of the OSCE in the area.
“According to available information, terrorist troops tried to direct SMM to an ambush, where the militants, dressed in the uniform of Armed Forces of Ukraine, planned to shoot the observers and accuse Ukrainian troops of violating the Minsk Agreements and Ukraine – of the inability to provide the proper conditions for the OSCE SMM to perform its functions under the mandate.
All these messages are lies and provocations, by which the invaders are trying to distort the real picture of the situation on the contact line. Today, as of 15:00, in the area of ATO, Ukrainian side did not make a single shot. Although, the militants tried 14 times to provoke Ukrainian defenders to open fire in return, they hit on Ukrainian positions with small arms and grenades.