In the latest incident which will further damage the reputation of the OSCE, an OSCE monitor is reported to have been wounded while near to a separatist mortar team which was in action against Ukrainian positions.
On December 1st the InformNapalm group received a message from insiders that in Donetsk a representative of the OSCE mission was wounded by Ukrainian artillery counter-fire. Approximately ten separatist militia were killed in the same incident. The incident occurred near the ventilation shaft of the Cheluskintsiv mine between the Petrovs’kyi district of Donetsk and Staromykhailivka. InformNapalm however decided not to rush with distribution of this information and first checked confirmed the information with other sources.
In the light of this new evidence it appears there is a strong case that some members of the OSCE mission are co-operating with pro-Russian militias. The OSCE has been harshly criticized in the recent past when photographs emerged showing OSCE vehicles being used to transport separatist forces, and OSCE monitors in comradely poses with separatists. Most recently the OSCE has been severely criticized in Ukraine and in the western media for failing to notice a huge amount of Russian military activity in the areas they are monitoring. The fact that many OSCE monitors are Russian leaves the OSCE reputation of impartiality, at least in the field, in severe doubt. This situation endangers the whole monitoring mission.
The information received about the event is as follows: While two terrorists mortar teams were firing their 120-mm mortars on positions of Ukrainian forces in Krasnohorivka , two cars with representatives of OSCE were parked near to them. However when the Ukrainians return fire the explosions killed ten separatist milita and wounded the representative of the OSCE. The return defensive fire is not contradicting the Minsk agreement and cannot be considered as a violation of the ‘ceasefire’. Earlier today the Ukrainian ATO centre confirmed the shelling of Krasnohorivka.
The severity of wounds of the OSCE monitor is unknown.
This event raises some serious questions. Firstly the incident in question occurred on the 1st December and should have therefore already have been reported by the OSCE. This has not occurred. Secondly what were the OSCE representatives doing parked next to a firing position of the terrorist, and why and why was this not immediately recorded and radioed in? All of these issues suggest that the monitors were not acting as impartial peace monitors and facilitating the ceasefire, but at a minimum have been covering up separatist transgressions of the ceasefire.
We can give the coordinates of the position from which the terrorist were shelling and where return volley came. More information will no doubt emerge from our sources in the near future.
The coordinates on snapshot: