As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM Alexander Hug told a briefing.
Hug believes that the incident of April 23 was not an accident as the SMM patrol car tripped unexploded ordnance. According to him, it was likely a mortar shell which he called an indiscriminate weapon. The observer said that the OSCE was holding its own investigation conducted by the organization's secretariat, not SMM members.
According to him, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Sebastian Kurz tasked the secretary to hold an external check.
Hug reported that the mission will continue fulfilling its mandate but with certain restrictions. These restrictions will stay in place until the parties take certain actions. He said the monitors would be using only paved roads for patrolling. Hug says additional measures are also considered while they will be taken if circumstances require.
As reported, a United States national was killed in OSCE SUV blast April 23 near the village of Pryshyb in the militants-held territory of Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region. Two more monitors, nationals of Germany and the Czech Republic, were injured. The U.S. State Department said the tragedy "was inexcusable" and promised to punish the guilty.
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