It notes that "At approximately 2:35 p.m. the regional traffic police confirmed to the SMM that a Grad rocket struck close to a civilian bus when it stopped at a Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint approximately 2 km north of Volnovakha (35 km south-west of Donetsk). The SMM arrived at the location of the incident at 5:45 p.m. and witnessed the removal of two of the dead from the bus. The bus had shrapnel damage consistent with a nearby rocket impact, estimated by the SMM to be 12-15 meters from the side of the bus.
"The SMM visited the Volnovakha hospital where the staff confirmed that ten persons on the bus were killed instantly, while two died later in the hospital. Another 17 passengers were injured.
"Following a proposal from the SMM, the Ukrainian Major-General and Head of the Ukrainian side to the JCCC and the Russian Federation Major-General, representative of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to the JCCC and the "DPR" leadership have agreed to conduct a joint investigation led by the JCCC. In parallel, the SMM will continue its observations and establish its own findings regarding the incident," the reports states.
The press service of the OSCE SMM reported that observers of the mission will not conduct an independent investigation of the crime at Volnovakha.
"The SMM does not conduct independent investigations, but only observes the situation and conducts monitoring," OSCE SMM spokesperson Iryna Hudyma explained, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
She noted that the results of this monitoring, in the case of their importance, can subsequently form the basis of an investigation.
Earlier, deputy head of the special monitoring mission in Eastern Ukraine Alexander Hug confirmed the creation of a joint body to investigate the shelling of a passenger bus at Volnovakha.
"Our mission has come up with an initiative to the parties concerned to establish a joint body, which will include representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination from Ukraine, Russia and "DPR" in order to conduct a joint independent investigation of the incident," he said at a briefing in Donetsk.