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 Zolote-Pervomaisk crossing route not demined, - OSCE

The mine clearance will not be carried out at Zolote-Pervomaisk crossing route so far.

On the government-controlled side of the closed Zolote-Pervomaisk crossing route, the Ukrainian Armed Forces' officers, members of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the cease-fire in the Donbas (JCCC) said that they had no orders about demining, Censor.NET reports citing the latest update by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, based on information received as of 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5, 2016.

"Later, the Ukrainian Armed Forces notified the SMM that there would not be demining as their "military personnel were not allowed in the disengagement areas" and asked the SMM to contact the State Emergency Services on the issue.

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"On the "LPR"-controlled side of the closed Zolote-Pervomaisk crossing route armed "LPR" members at the new checkpoint said that they had no information about possible opening of the route, or orders on demining.

"Positioned in government-controlled Zolote, outside the disengagement area, the SMM heard six undetermined explosions 5-20 km south (assessed as outside the disengagement area).

"Positioned on the government-controlled side of the Stanytsia Luhanska bridge (inside the disengagement area) the SMM heard 15 undetermined explosions at a distance of 15 km at an unknown direction and two undetermined explosions at an unknown distance south-south-west (assessed as outside the disengagement area).

"In government-controlled Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukrainian Armed Forces officers at the JCCC told the SMM that they were ready, but had received no orders regarding disengagement or demining near the railway bridge.

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"The SMM could not go towards the railway lines as the Ukrainian Armed Forces officer at the JCCC could not assist in ensuring the security of the SMM," the report reads.
 
 
 
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