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A woman looks through the broken window of her home in Krasnogorovka, April 28, 2017. Photo by ATO
UPDATED: Further comment from Alexander Hug, see below.
Liga.net reported today that three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in the previous reporting period, Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesmen for the Ukrainian Defense Miistry o ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] issues.
Ukrainian forces retired fire in certain cases.
o Hug Says Patrol Route in Pryshyb Was Compliant with Mandate
At a press briefing, Alexander Hug, principle deputy chief monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission said that the explosion of an OSCE patrol vehicle April 23, which killed Joseph Stone, an American paramedic on the team, was on a road that the mission had driven two hours earlier, and on which they had traveled in previous days.
“What happened was not an accident. It was the use of an indiscriminate weapon. A weapon intentionally placed in that location to injure, maim or kill someone. […] There are disgraceful speculations that somehow the OCSE is to be blamed for the tragedy, as the patrol should never have been in that location. Our mandate says that we are meant to have full and unhindered access everywhere, with no exceptions,” emphasized Hug.
Hug did not appear to be saying that the mine was planted to attack the OSCE team deliberately, but was in any event designed to strike any car that went in that area. He said the mine should have been removed before the OSCE arrived.
Also he noted that the team had used that road just two hours before the blast.
Since the beginning of 2016, SMM has recorded and verified 141 cases of civilian casualties related to mines, unexploded ordnance or improvised explosive device: 96 people wounded and 45 deaths.
The OSCE has limited its patrols since the incident, the Kyiv Post reported, citing Hug’s briefing.
Operations of OSCE SMM monitors have been limited since April 25; for instance, patrols are now using only asphalt or concrete roads […]..
The mission’s capacity to visit certain areas of the contact line or heavy weapon storage sites is now limited, and the mission may be reporting fewer violations for now, [Hug] said.
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