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 OSCE observers failed to get to Petrivske, Bohdanivka disengagement areas

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) was unable to travel to disengagement areas near Petrivske and Bohdanivka as Ukrainian Armed Forces and “DPR” militants failed to guarantee SMM’s security.

Censor.NET reports citing the statement by OSCE SMM press service.

The report reads: "Today again only limited access for OSCE SMM to Petrivske/Bohdanivka disengagement area - UAF, "DPR" have failed to guarantee SMM's security [possible mines].

Read more: Mines hamper observers' access to Petrivske area, - OSCE

"SMM is ready/able to monitor, but needs access.

"Ukrainian Armed Forces' Joint Center for Cease-Fire Control and Coordination (JCCC) representative is present on the ground in Bohdanivka however cannot guarantee security for the SMM. Russian Armed Forces' JCCC representative is not present in Petrivske. JCCC should assist in ensuring safe & unhindered access for SMM, co-ordinate demining," the statement reads.

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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