On April 23, 2017, in the area of the settlement of Prishib, Lugansk region (territory controlled by the terrorists of the “LNR”), an explosive device installed by the Russian-terrorist forces blew up the car of the observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. One observer of the OSCE mission was killed, two more were injured. The deceased was a US citizen and worked as a doctor.
The explosion of the OSCE CMM car in the occupied Lugansk region is qualified as a terrorist attack. The Security Service of Ukraine opened a criminal proceeding under the article “The terrorist act that led to the death of a person”. Despite this, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov cynically declared that the Russian Federation and the European Union support the investigation of the undermining of the car of the OSCE Special Oversight Mission.
In this regard, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov made a statement: “Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov on” the need to immediately search for the perpetrators is blasphemous and cynical. ” “This bombing is a planned terrorist act directed against the OSCE Mission in Donbass.
The military-political leadership of the Russian Federation, which controls the occupied territory of the Donbass, bears full responsibility for this terrorist act. ”
The US State Department stated that they were shocked by the death of an American and called on Russia to use its influence on militants to allow the OSCE to conduct a full, transparent and timely investigation of the incident.
On the air of the program “Freedom of Speech” on ICTV, the former head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Igor Smeshko, said that undermining the OSCE observer car in the occupied Lugansk region is politically beneficial for the Russian Federation to demonstrate the inability of the Ukrainian authorities to control the situation against the backdrop of a “civil war” and to intimidate the West. According to him, this situation ideally falls “under the picture for the media in the Russian Federation,” because almost 90% of Russians derive information about the world from television.
The chief of staff of the chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine, Alexander Tkachuk, at the briefing reported his assumption that the explosive device on which the patrol of the OSCE mission in the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region was blown up could be delivered from Russia. “Considering that weapons, explosives are delivered to the territory of Ukraine from the territory of the Russian Federation and, accordingly, ammunition that exploded under the OSCE car, it is possible that they could have been delivered from the territory of the Russian Federation,” he said.