Militants in Donbas open fire in direction of OSCE monitors

Militants in Donbas open fire in direction of OSCE monitors

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) has reported that militants in Pikuzy (Volnovaskyi district) opened fire in the direction of SMM patrol members on June 14.

The press service of the OSCE SMM reported this on June 15.

“At 14:03 on 14 June, an SMM patrol consisting of six members and two armoured vehicles was in Pikuzy (formerly Kominternove, non-government-controlled, 23km north-east of Mariupol) on the corner of roads T-0519 and C-051235, where it stopped to observe fresh tracks from what it assessed to be an infantry fighting vehicle (BMP-type) on the asphalt. One of the patrol members exited his car, after which the entire patrol heard two short bursts of small-arms fire. From inside one of the vehicles, one of the SMM patrol members saw two men in military-style clothing standing about 50m south on the road,” reads the report.

The SMM said that one of the militants was armed with an assault rifle (AK-74). He made several shots in the general direction of SMM patrol members, then fired another shot and went away.

“The SMM assessed that the shots were fired to warn the patrol and force it to leave the area. The SMM immediately departed and returned safely to its base in Mariupol,” the OSCE SMM press service reported.


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