On March 1st, 2022, Russian media outlets (sputniknews.com,ria.ru russian.rt.com, www.bfm.ru, tass.com) reported that Ukrainian nationalist groups had allegedly hijacked 20 vehicles of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine. Russian media used the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic militia as the primary source while claiming that the fate and whereabouts of members of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine were unknown.
The information about the alleged hijacking of the vehicles of the OSCE monitoring mission by “nationalist groups” in Ukraine is false. In a comment to StopFake, the representative of the OSCE Mission to Kramatorsk denied the allegations made by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic militia.
Information on the hijacking of 20 vehicles of the OSCE monitoring mission was disseminated by the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic militia. According to them, the Ukrainian “nationalist formations” took advantage of the situation in Kramatorsk and hijacked about twenty vehicles of the OSCE monitoring mission. Also, according to them, the fate of the members of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine was unknown.
Source: Народная милиция ДНР
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Special Mission monitors the situation in Ukraine daily. In a comment to the Ukrainian fact-checking platform StopFake, a spokesperson for the OSCE monitoring mission in Kramatorsk denied the fact that Ukrainian nationalist groups had hijacked mission vehicles. The recent report of the OSCE Mission also does not contain any information about car hijackings in Kramatorsk. According to the report, on March 1st, monitoring groups were evacuated from the Donetsk and Lugansk patrol centres, while the Kharkiv monitoring group was relocated to the Dnieper. The decision to temporarily evacuate members of the OSCE monitoring mission was made on February 25th.
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