An OSCE staff member was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military

Summary

Staff member of the OSCE’s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, who died in April 2017, was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military.

 

Disproof

No evidence given for the Ukrainian military planting the mine.

On April 23, 2017, an OSCE patrol, being a part of the monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, drove on a mine. The mine killed one mission member.

There have been several reports, such as the one by DW, pointing out that the incident took place in the area of Pryshyb, north-west of Luhansk, which is one of the main strongholds of the pro-Russian separatists. The separatists attributed responsibility to the Ukrainian army.

This narrative is linked to a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukrainian provocations.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 133
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, OSCE
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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