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Published in Stream:
Ukraine Live Day 400
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Zakharchenko Claims Russian General Lentsov, OSCE Monitors And Journalists Fired On Near Shirokino
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The leader of the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' (DNR), Aleksandr Zakhachenko, has told reporters at a press conference today that Colonel General Aleksandr Lentsov, the leader of the Russian delegation to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC), has been fired on in eastern Ukraine.

Zakharchenko claimed that Lentsov came under fire from Ukrainian forces near Shirokino during a JCCC visit.

The DNR leader claimed that this was the second time that Ukrainian forces had fired on the general, the first time having occurred at Donetsk Airport.

As Russia's state-owned Sputnik news agency reports, Zakharchenko claimed that OSCE monitors and a group of Russian journalists had also come under fire in the same area:

"While heading for Shirokino [near the city of Mariupol] along with the OSCE monitors to assess the implementation of the ceasefire, our convoy came under fire by Kiev-led forces. A group of Russian journalists also came under fire," DPR Defense Ministry was quoted as saying by the Donetsk news agency.

No deaths or injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.

The OSCE has so far made no comment regarding any fire towards its monitors today.

-- Pierre Vaux