Invaders restricted SMM’s freedom of movement in Donbas 21 times over past week

Invaders restricted SMM’s freedom of movement in Donbas 21 times over past week

Ukrinform
The SMM’s freedom of movement in Donbas was restricted 21 times over the past week, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has reported.

"A third of the refusals and delays in access to non-government-controlled territories was recorded at a checkpoint of the armed formations near Verkhnoshyrokivske in southern Donetsk region," the statement reads.

In a daily report dated February 10, 2020, the OSCE informed that the Mission’s freedom of movement continued to be restricted, including on three occasions at a checkpoint of the armed formations near Verkhnoshyrokivske. "On February 8, at a checkpoint west of Verkhnoshyrokivske (formerly Oktiabr, nongovernment-controlled, 85km south of Donetsk), an armed member of the armed formations again denied the SMM passage towards Pikuzy (formerly Kominternove, non-government-controlled, 92km south of Donetsk), citing “an ongoing operation”. While present, the SMM saw civilian traffic proceeding in both directions,” reads the report.

On two occasions on February 9, at a checkpoint west of Verkhnoshyrokivske, an armed member of the armed formations again denied the SMM passage towards Pikuzy, Sakhanka (non-government-controlled, 97km south of Donetsk), and the border area, citing a lack of permission granted by superiors. While present, the SMM saw civilian traffic proceeding in both directions.

On February 8, an SMM mid-range UAV experienced signal interference, assessed as caused by probable jamming, while flying over areas near Verkhnoshyrokivske.

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