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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –

In connection with the reports of a number of media outlets that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are holding captive 37 Russian citizens living in the village of Staromaryevka, located in the “gray zone”, we can report the following.

According to the available information, the situation in the village is difficult. This is due to the fact that the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine periodically visit there to carry out the so-called. “Filtration measures”. They impose a kind of curfew, residents are prohibited from leaving their homes in order to check the passport regime. The most severe such “events” were carried out at the beginning of this week. These documents were confiscated from citizens holding Russian and DPR passports, and their owners were subjected to violent actions. It even triggered an armed escalation, which was discussed at the meeting of the Contact Group on October 27. Fortunately, only buildings were damaged during the shelling, not people.

At the present time, the situation is somewhat relieved. Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross appeared at the entrance to the village, supplying local residents with food and basic necessities. Near the village are the staff of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, carrying out remote monitoring of the situation, incl. using unmanned aerial vehicles.

We continue to monitor the development of the situation. We call on our partners in the “Normandy format” and the OSCE to encourage Kiev to stop violent actions against local residents. For our part, we will do everything possible to protect the rights and interests of Russian citizens, wherever they are, incl. in Donbass.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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