Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine reports of denial of access
10:20 / 02 Dec. 2016 / 709
The SMM was unable to proceed further to the railway bridge (inside the disengagement area) south of Stanytsia Luhanska bridge due to the presence of a mine hazard sign. An armed “LPR” senior member told the SMM that the area was mined. The SMM informed the JCCC.
The presence of an anti-tank obstacle (“Czech hedgehog”) on a road leading west from the Prince Ihor monument at the edge of the disengagement area near Stanytsia Luhanska prevented the SMM from proceeding further west. The SMM informed the JCCC.
At an “LPR” checkpoint at the southern edge of the Zolote-Pervomaisk disengagement area, the SMM was not able to access fields and areas other than roads located in the disengagement area as armed “LPR” members present did not guarantee the security of the SMM due to the possible presence of mines or unexploded ordnance (UXO) in those areas. The SMM informed the JCCC.
The SMM could not proceed from government-controlled parts of Zolote towards the Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint north of the Zolote-Pervomaisk disengagement area due to concrete blocks and barbed wires, as well as mine hazard signs on the road. The SMM informed the JCCC.
The SMM was not able to travel further west from “DPR”-controlled Petrivske due to the possible presence of mines in the area. The SMM informed the JCCC.
The SMM could not proceed further south from a Ukrainian Armed Forces checkpoint north of Shchastia bridge (government-controlled, 20km north of Luhansk). Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel present told the SMM that mines were still present in the area. The SMM informed the JCCC.
In “LPR”-controlled Luhansk city armed men told the SMM to leave a compound, citing an instruction from their superior, a few minutes after the SMM had entered. The SMM informed the JCCC.
The SMM was unable to get to government-controlled Bohdanivka (41km south-west of Donetsk) – west of the Petrivske due to possible presences of mines.
As reported before the rules of luggage transportation through EECP changed.
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