OSCE failed to help in Tryokhizbenka. Terrorists from LPR continued shelling.

On Sunday there was a big operation to save Tryokhizbenka village from humanitarian catastrophe. The village with 2000 population is cut off from gas for three weeks already and has no electricity for over a month.

Tryokhizbenka on the map

Tryokhizbenka on the map

The Governor of Lugansk Region Hennadiy Moskal says that Russian terrorist group “Great Army of Don” with their leader Kozitsyn don’t allow to fix damaged gas and electric lines.

We tried to use OSCE observers as mediators. On Friday I had a meeting with the head of Special Monitoring Mission of OSCE in Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan and again I was very straight forward and asked to do at least one thing, help to save Tryokhizbenka, to talk to Kizitsyn and agree about cease-fire and allow to let the workers to get on the territory. The observers of OSCE were meeting with Kozitsyn several times and on Saturday night he guaranteed to stop fire.

On Sunday morning I personally went to Tryokhizbenka and took a truck of humanitarian aid with me, OSCE observers also went there. Repair teams were supposed to work in two directions. Gas workers were supposed to work from the side controlled by Ukrainian authorities and from Alchevsk city controlled by terrorists, and they were supposed to meet near Krymske village and together renew damaged gas pipeline that goes to Tryokhizbenka. And electric team started to fixed damaged power lines at the same time in Tryokhizbenka and on the territory controlled by Kozitsyn from the side of Slovyanoserbsk.

I am sorry to inform that the terrorists broke the agreement. They simply didn’t allow our workers to Krymske and they fired with automatic grenade launchers at our team that went to the neutral territory in workers uniform and with white flags. Luckily nobody was wounded and the military unit evacuated people.

The situation in Tryokhizbenka was a little bit different. Half of the day everything was quiet and the workers from Slavyanoserbsk had time to fix about 80% of damaged lines on the territory controlled by Kozitsyn and after noon time terrorists opened fire, so people had to stop working. So Tryokhizbenka didn’t get gas or electricity. Cold weather started, on Sunday it was -10C and people have to cut down forest and trees in their gardens. OSCE failed to be mediators between Ukraine and terrorists to guarantee cease-fire in order to save civil population from freezing. We will try to do something ourselves.

– Hennadiy Moskal

Moskal in Tryokhizbenka is helping to unload the truck with aid

Moskal in Tryokhizbenka is helping to unload the truck with aid

Moskal and OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

Moskal and OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

Damaged houses in Tryokhizbenka

Damaged houses in Tryokhizbenka

This was reported today at Moskal website moskal.in.ua

OSCE was also reporting on this situation through their twitter account yesterday confirming their mediators role in negotiation with the LPR leaders about cease-fire to allow workers to fix damaged infrastructure in order to restore gas and electricity supply for Tryokhizbenka village.

The head of OSCE Ertugrul Apakan meeting with the Governor of Lugansk Region Moskal

The head of OSCE Ertugrul Apakan meeting with the Governor of Lugansk Region Moskal in Severodonetsk on November 22, photo by OSCE

OSCE has also posted report about Tryokhizbenks today at their Facebook page In their report they insisted that they were successful in arranging cease-fire.

When the SMM reached Trokhizbenka at 0900 on Sunday the temperature was -10 Celsius. Villagers told SMM monitors that they’re being shelled because of their proximity to the front line. Monitors observed the repair works as well as the distribution of aid. THE TRUCE HELD FOR THE ENTIRE TIME THE SMM WAS ON SITE.

OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

 

OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

OSCE observers in Tryokhizbenka

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