OSCE observers come under fire in eastern Ukraine

A patrol of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), deployed in Ukraine, has been fired upon in the southeast of the country, the SMM has said in a spot report.

According to the SMM, the incident occurred while a patrol of three OSCE monitors was travelling between two Ukrainian military checkpoints in theDonetsk region.

The grenade hit the ground “approximately 150 meters [almost 500 feet] from the SMM vehicle”, the spot report said and within “two seconds, multiple rounds of 23mm anti-aircraft ammunition were fired, impacting two to three meters from the SMM vehicle”.

“There were no injuries or damage sustained in the attack. The SMM monitors returned safely to their base,” the report concluded.


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