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 Mines hamper observers' access to Petrivske area, - OSCE

Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) are experiencing problems accessing one of the disengagement areas.

Censor.NET reports citing the OSCE press service.

"There is only limited access for the OSCE SMM to Petrivske/Bohdanivka disengagement area - Ukraine's Armed Forces, the "DPR" have failed to guarantee SMM's security (possible mines). The mission is ready/able to monitor, but it needs access. Ukrainian armed forces JCCC representative is present on the ground in Bohdanivka. However, he cannot guarantee security for the SMM. Russian armed forces JCCC representative is not present in Petrivske. The Joint Center for Control and Coordination should assist in ensuring safe and unhindered access for the SMM, co-ordinate demining," the statement reads.

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Earlier, a framework agreement on disengagement of troops and hardware was signed in Minsk on Sept. 21.

As stipulated by the document, the OSCE SMM performs permanent monitoring and verification of disengagement of troops and hardware in agreed areas. Stanytsia Luhanska and Zolote in the Luhansk region and Petrivske in the Donetsk region are the first three settlements where the disengagement is to take place.
 
 
 
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