MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military used data from cameras belonging to the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) in order to contact attacks on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), DPR head Denis Pushilin told the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Monday.
"The enemy used the cameras that had been a subject of heated discussions at the Minsk negotiation platform, the cameras that had been requested to be installed in various locations to provide the widest coverage of the line of contact, the enemy used them to carry out attacks and shell our territory based on data received from the OSCE’s cameras," he pointed out.
"We had some confidence in this organization and this monitoring mission, but we can see that they used their resources [against us]," the DPR head noted. According to him, there are doubts if the data was used deliberately, so investigators will need to look into the matter.
The OSCE mission, which started its work in Ukraine on March 21, 2014, comprised about 1,000 observers. On April 8, news came that the mission’s local employee had been detained for activities incompatible with the mission’s mandate. The State Security Ministry of the Lugansk People’s Republic announced the detention of two members of the OSCE SMM’s Lugansk team on suspicion of high treason. The DPR Territorial Defense Headquarters said that the Ukrainian army had used cameras installed along the line of contact by OSCE observers in order to track the movement of DPR forces and adjust fire.