Luhansk fighters confirmed prohibition to Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE to access border zone between Ukraine and Russia.
Radio ‘Freedom’ informed this.
OSCE representatives spoke to commander of border unit in town of Krasnodon (Luhansk oblast), he underlined that he had got clear order of ‘the high commandment’ not to let members of Special Monitoring Mission to border zone without special written permission from Luhansk People’s Republic structures.
However, the commander hinted that there may be some other temporary agreements.
According to OSCE, on May 13 ‘Cossack otaman’ in Sverdlovsk also prohibited them access border zone. According to him, territory with width of 1-2 km along Ukrainian border seized by fighters is closed for OSCE SMM.
Meanwhile Minsk agreements on regulation of situation in Donbas presuppose free access of OSCE observers throughout Ukraine.
However, Russia doesn’t allow observers to enter occupied Crimea. In ATO zone OSCE members constantly complain about access prohibitions made by both sides of the conflict.