Kiev calls the detention of OSCE observers in Donbass a hostage-taking | News from Germany about Ukraine | DW

The Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass regarded as the hostage taking of the observers of the special monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) in a hotel in Horlivka, controlled by the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR “), writes” Interfax “on Monday, October 18.

Kiev called on the international community, in particular, the leadership of the states participating in the “Normandy format”, to give an appropriate assessment of the incident. Unrestricted access of the SMM to all areas of conflict is critical to ensure effective monitoring and reporting of the security situation, the Ukrainian delegation said.

OSCE observers blocked in Horlivka

The OSCE SMM in Ukraine reported yesterday that pro-Russian separatists blocked a group of its observers in the premises of the forward patrol base in Horlivka. According to the report, on the evening of October 17, the base’s car gates were locked with a chain and a padlock, and a car with a blue “DPR” sign was parked to the south of the gate, blocking the exit. The observers also noticed two armed militants near the car.

The owner of the hotel where the forward patrol base is located informed the mission that the SMM would not be allowed to leave the hotel, citing “orders from” the mayor of Gorlovka. He also said that all exits were blocked by members of the armed formations. Later, two men in civilian clothes informed the SMM that they were not allowed to leave the territory until a member of the armed formations who had been detained on 13 October by the Ukrainian military in the area of ​​the village of Zolote was released.

The separatists demand the release of the representative of the “LPR” in the JCCC

Last weekend, outside the headquarters of the mission in separatist-controlled Donetsk, a rally was held demanding the release of an officer from the representative office of the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) captured by the Ukrainian military at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) Andrey Kosyak … About 200 protesters reportedly participated in the protests. For security reasons, the OSCE has suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine after protests, head of the mission to Ukraine, Yashar Halit Cevik, told Reuters on Sunday.

The Ukrainian military detained Kosyak on October 13. As the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG stated, representatives of the “LPR” in the JCCC carried out reconnaissance of the positions left by the Ukrainian military. After that, the “LPR” representation in the JCCC limited the routes of movement of the OSCE observers. According to the information of the Security Service of Ukraine, Kosyak was armed and conducted reconnaissance of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under the guise of demining.

In turn, the plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the contact group in connection with the incident said that the capture by the Ukrainian side of an unarmed Luhansk observer in the JCCC exacerbates the situation on the contact line and the Minsk negotiation process.

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