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    Donetsk People's Republic Starts Probe Over Alleged Attack on OSCE Observers

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    The defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has launched an investigation in connection with the alleged attack on OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observers on the republic's territory, the ministry’s representative told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    DONETSK (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, OSCE SMM to Ukraine said on Twitter that DPR fighters attacked unarmed civilian monitoring members.

    "There is an investigation underway in connection with this statement, including on the subject of its credibility," the representative said.

    The military conflict in Ukraine erupted in 2014 after the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) as well as the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government that came to power in what they perceived to be a coup. The OSCE mission was deployed in eastern Ukraine to monitor the ceasefire in the region, as both Kiev and the local militias have accused each other of violating the Minsk truce deal signed in February 2015.

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