OSCE SMM confirms shelling on Kominternove

An incident took place in the Kominternove area at 11.20 a.m.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in Ukraine has published in an operational report the information about the incident in the Kominternove area, where an SMM patrol came under fire.

The OSCE SMM in Ukraine confirmed that an incident with the use of small arms took place in the Kominternove area at 11.20 a.m. on Dec. 27, a representative of the OSCE SMM press service told reporters, noting that the small-arms fire had hit the place not far from an SMM patrol, which had been examining a shell crater. No SMM monitors were hurt, no OSCE vehicles were damaged, she said.

"The SMM crew had to leave the area right after the incident and returned to a base in Donetsk controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR)", she said, noting that the detailed information about the incident would be published in an operational report by the mission later.

Senior official with the DNR Defense Ministry Eduard Basurin said earlier that he had come under fire in the Kominternove settlement together with an inspection group, which included representatives of the OSCE SMM and the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire in Donbass.

Several VGTRK journalists have come under fire together with the OSCE monitors, the Rossiya 24 (VGTRK) television channel said.

For his part, Ukrainian presidential administration official Oleksandr Motuzyanyk accused the DNR militiamen of shelling the Ukrainian positions in the Kominternove area.

"Late in the evening illegal armed units have opened fire by mortars and anti-aircraft launchers in the direction of Ukrainian positions near the Hnutove village [Iliichevskyi district of Mariupol]. The time of shelling was chosen not accidentally, as in the course of the day the OSCE mission had been staying in this district, inspecting the Kominternove village for the presence of heavy weaponry belonging to illegal armed units there. And after the international monitors have left the district, the militants have opened fire on Ukrainian positions," Motuzyanyk said at a press briefing in Kiev on Dec. 27.

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