Russian-backed militants in the Donbas shelled positions of the Ukrainian army with the aim of provocation, and thereby intimidate the representatives of the OSCE observation mission.

Donbas militants are trying to intimidate the patrols of the OSCE, speaker of the defense Ministry

Reports mediaUA with reference to the Crimea.The realities, it said the defense Ministry spokesman of the ATO Dmitry Gutsulyak at a briefing on February 4.

According to him, February 2 after 13:00 (14:00 in the Crimea) in the direction of Yasinovataya temporarily occupied by the Russian occupation troops launched a provocative shelling positions of Ukrainian troops near Avdiivka.

"During this attack the enemy was carried out another act of intimidation of representatives of the patrol of the Special monitoring mission of the OSCE, which at the time was monitoring the current situation in two kilometers to the East of the line of contact," – said Gutsulyak.

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He stressed that such destructive actions by Pro-Russian militants have become the norm of their behavior with respect to the international observers and showed an unwillingness to comply with any of the agreements.

Special monitoring mission of the OSCE reported that the observers of the mission in the afternoon of 2 February while staying close temporarily occupied the town of Yasynuvata in Donetsk region came under fire from militants.