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25
November
2021

Armed formations in Donbas deny OSCE SMM passage twice at their checkpoint near Horlivka

KYIV. Nov 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Russian armed formations in Donbas denied the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) passage on two occasions at their checkpoint near Horlivka, according to OSCE SMM report No. 28/2021 of November 24.

On 24 November, at 10:39, an SMM patrol consisting of two vehicles and five people arrived from Donetsk city at a checkpoint of the armed formations near Horlivka (non-government-controlled, 39 km north-east of Donetsk), travelling to government-controlled areas. At the checkpoint, two visibly armed members of the armed formations denied the Mission passage, citing a "lack of permission" for the SMM to cross. At 14:54, the patrol returned to Donetsk city.

Later, at 11:40, a second SMM patrol consisting of two vehicles and five people arrived from Kramatorsk (government-controlled, 83 km north of Donetsk) at a checkpoint of the armed formations, travelling to non-government-controlled areas on the same crossing route as the first patrol. At the checkpoint, one member of the armed formations denied the Mission passage, citing a "need for permission" from his superior. At 12:22, the patrol left the checkpoint and returned to Kramatorsk.

It is noted that in both cases, the SMM had notified the armed formations of the patrols’ crossings in advance, according to COVID-19 operating procedures.