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OSCE: SMM vehicle hit by bullet in militant-controlled territory

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) reported that their vehicle was hit by bullet in the territory of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic”, and SMM threatened at gunpoint by militants in Luhansk region
OSCE: SMM vehicle hit by bullet in militant-controlled territory

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) published a report, reporting that their vehicle was hit by a bullet during the patrol on April, 7 near Snizhne, Donetsk region in the “DPR”-controlled territory, Joinfo.ua reports.

“Near the administrative boundary between Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the driver of the front SMM vehicle heard the trunk window crackling. After stopping to inspect the vehicle, the SMM noted on the lower right part of the trunk window a hole, 5mm in diameter, assessed to be caused by a bullet. …The SMM further observed a bullet exit point on the left side of the trunk window, a hole 15mm in diameter. No SMM members were hurt and the patrol returned safely to its base in Luhansk,” – said in the report.

SMM also informed that their patrol in Luhansk region was stopped “at a checkpoint north of Smile (“LPR”-controlled, 32km north-west of Luhansk) by a senior member of a local “LPR” armed formation.”

“After the SMM explained its freedom of movement as provided by its mandate, upon the interlocutor’s order, another man charged his weapon and pointed it at the patrol leader from a distance of 7m. The patrol leader then immediately got into the vehicle and the SMM patrol left the area,” the OSCE SMM said in the report.

The SMM said also that they informed both Ukrainian and Russian representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination about both incidents.