It said “the patrol vehicles were damaged by artillery or mortar fire … the team left the area in the remaining useable vehicle and returned to Donetsk city”.
In an earlier report, the OSCE said its monitors and representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) had come under a mortar attack in Donetsk, with shells exploding some 100-200 metres away. The head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan on Monday urged all parties to the conflict in Ukraine to allow monitors to carry out their duties and verification of the ceasefire regime safely. The statement followed a series of incidents which had put the OSCE monitors’ lives at risk.
“We profoundly regret the fact that our teams were substantially endangered during the course of their agreed monitoring mission. This is entirely unacceptable,” Apakan said.
On the evening of 14 September, vehicles of an SMM patrol monitoring the east of Donetsk were struck by artillery fragments. No one was injured in the incident. On Sunday, monitors came under fire at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine.