Landmine hits OSCE patrol in Ukraine's Luhansk region

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 24.4.2017 10:40

A landmine exploded under a patrol vehicle of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission in Luhansk region on 23 April, killing an American monitor. The patrol's Czech driver and German member were taken to the hospital. According to the latest reports, the Czech citizen was not injured.

Members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission monitor ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. According to Kyiv, the explosion was not in the active combat area, while the pro-Russian rebels claimed that the vehicle deviated from its planned route, which is prohibited by the mission, and at the same time accused the Ukrainian forces of being responsible for the explosion. According to the OSCE, several ceasefire violations were recorded in recent days across Donbass region. Following the incident, the Czech Republic called again on both sides of the conflict to ensure the safety of the mission members. The Czech Republic, like other V4 countries, is a long-term supporter of Ukraine's accession to the EU and urges an effective and rapid solution of the ongoing conflict.

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