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OSCE frowns on V-day preparations in Donetsk, Luhansk

The presence of heavy weapons will be seen as breach of Minsk agreement.

OSCE frowns on V-day preparations in Donetsk, Luhansk
Alexander Hug

The use of heavy weapons in the 9 May celebrations in Donetsk and Luhansk will be a breach of the Minsk agreements, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has said.

Alexander Hug, deputy chief monitor of the OSCE SMM, said at a briefing in Kyiv on 5 May that the OSCE will regard this as a breach of the Minsk agreements. He specified that the OSCE does not regard a parade as a breach of the Minsk agreements, but only believes the use of weapons would be a breach of the agreements.

At the same time, Hug said, according to the OSCE SMM Twitter account: "Historical heritage important but heavy weapons in #Luhansk, #Donetsk cities are violations of Minsk & threat to people."