18:50 GMT16 January 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 27

    The Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has confirmed that Kiev and the DPR have agreed on the launch of a joint-inquiry into a recent attack on a bus.

    MOSCOW, January 17 (Sputnik) – The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has confirmed that Kiev and the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk (DPR) have agreed on the launch of a joint-inquiry into a recent attack on a bus that killed 12 people in eastern Ukraine.

    "The JCCC [Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination] and 'DPR' leadership agreed to an SMM proposal to begin their special joint inquiry into the incident causing the deaths of civilians on a bus in Volnovakha (35km [about 22 miles] south-west of Donetsk, government-controlled) starting on 16 January," the SMM said in a statement released Friday.

    According to the statement, OSCE observers monitored the meeting at the JCCC headquarters in Donetsk, where the agreement was reached. Russian representatives were also present at the meeting.

    Deputy speaker of the DPR People's Council, Denis Pushilin, told RIA Novosti Wednesday that a joint commission investigating the bus attack would begin its work on January 15.

    Pushilin added that the commission would include representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the DPR, as well as OSCE monitors.

    On Tuesday, 12 people were killed and 18 others were injured when a bus was attacked close to a Ukrainian military checkpoint near the town of Volnovakha in the eastern Donetsk region.

    Later in the day, the UN Security Council condemned the attack and called for an impartial investigation into the case.

    Ceasefire violations continue to be reported in eastern Ukraine, despite the truce agreed upon by representatives of Ukraine's self-proclaimed people's republics and the Kiev government in September, 2014.


    Joint Investigation of Bus Massacre in Eastern Ukraine to Begin on Jan. 15
    Ukraine's Donetsk Region Mourns Victims in Passenger Bus Shelling
    Chief OSCE Monitor Calls for Restraint in Donbas After Bus Attack
    bus crash, OSCE, Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMMU), Ukraine
    Community standardsDiscussion