Ukrainian gunmen continue setting landmines in Donbass

Ukrainian gunmen continue setting landmines in Donbass creating obstacles for the OSCE monitors during visiting certain frontline sectors, said the head of the DPR representative office in the JCCC, Ruslan Yakubov.

Earlier the DPR representatives at the Minsk negotiations had repeatedly claimed the importance of the demining activity. The OSCE monitoring mission’s representatives also underlined the necessity of the Donbass conflict zone demining. Additionally, the International Committee of the Red Cross noted a certain level of mine risk for civilians.

“At the beginning of February 2018 according to our reconnaissance data, in the Shyrokino locality’s area Ukrainian gunmen continued setting anti-tank landmines, herewith, in comparison with the Autumn 2017, the number of landmines, set in the region, increased more than twofold. Daily OSCE reports confirm the above-mentioned information,” said Yakubov.

The DPR representative office in the JCCC underlined that the facts of new minefields creation had been recorded in several localities near the contact line. Additionally, it becomes an excuse Ukrainian military forces use not to let the OSCE monitors to such places.

"The Ukrainian tactics of limitation the OSCE monitors’ freedom and access deserves special attention, according to our analysis, many areas controlled by Kiev are closed for the mission under pretext of the mine threat," said Yakubov.

DONi News Agency