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Ukraine: OSCE calls for investigation into attack on its patrol02:42

Ukraine: OSCE calls for investigation into attack on its patrol

Ukraine, Kiev
January 29, 2016 at 13:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

A patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine was fired at while travelling through the Donbass region on January 16, Alexander Hug, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine, said during a press conference in Kiev on Friday.

Hug called on both sides to investigate the incident, warning that not doing so could damage their credibility. "If neither the so-called DPR nor the Ukraine armed forces are following up on this incident, they will lose credibility," he said. "And we need everyone involved in this process to maintain credibility," he stressed.

Hug also highlighted continued problems in Ukraine's Donbass region, including the growth of violence north east of Mariupol on January 20. "I regret to say ... that the SMM is increasingly observing violence in the area [northeast of Mariupol]," he said. Despite these rising tensions, Hug said he was "reluctant" to designate the region a "hotspot."

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A patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine was fired at while travelling through the Donbass region on January 16, Alexander Hug, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine, said during a press conference in Kiev on Friday.

Hug called on both sides to investigate the incident, warning that not doing so could damage their credibility. "If neither the so-called DPR nor the Ukraine armed forces are following up on this incident, they will lose credibility," he said. "And we need everyone involved in this process to maintain credibility," he stressed.

Hug also highlighted continued problems in Ukraine's Donbass region, including the growth of violence north east of Mariupol on January 20. "I regret to say ... that the SMM is increasingly observing violence in the area [northeast of Mariupol]," he said. Despite these rising tensions, Hug said he was "reluctant" to designate the region a "hotspot."

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