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Russian Monitors Prevent Two Attacks at Donetsk Airport

18.06.2015 16:18

The Russian representative at the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) reported that the Russian officers at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) prevented two attacks at the Donetsk airport on Tuesday, which the Ukrainian representatives confirmed.

No details were given by the OSCE report on the circumstances of the attacks or their perpetrators. The observers noted that the situation around the airport was otherwise calm, with reduced shooting and explosions heard. The Donetsk airport was the scene of heavy fighting in 2014, with self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic eventually taking over the all-but-destroyed facility.

"The Russian Federation Lieutenant-General highlighted that two possible attacks had been stopped on 15 June around the area of Donetsk airport, due to early intervention by the Russian Federation JCCC representatives. The Ukrainian Major-General, Head of the Ukrainian side to the JCCC, confirmed that the former reacted promptly to their request for action," the OSCE release said.