: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Member of OSCE team killed in Russia-controlled Donbas was an U.S. citizen, Czech and German citizens injured. Video


The member of European OSCE`s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine who was killed after their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk on Sunday morning was an American citizen, according to Reuters.

An American man was killed and a German woman was injured on Sunday morning, a spokesman for Austria`s foreign ministry said, Reuters reported.


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Austria holds the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The Ukrainian military said the incident took place at 10:17 local time (0717 GMT) near the small village of Pryshyb, which is controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Video by separatist’s “militia”:

The unarmed, civilian OSCE mission with more than 700 international observers was deployed in 2014. The role of the monitors includes verifying the withdrawal of heavy weapons as agreed under the 2015 ceasefire agreement.

OSCE exploded car original photo

OSCE car after explosion. Photo by separatist’s “militia”

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz called for an investigation of the incident and, in a tweet, said he had spoken to the mission`s ambassador, Ertugrul Apakan.

”Need thorough investigation; those responsible will be held accountable,” he said on Twitter.

A spokesman for the OSCE said further information would be released as it became available.

The 57 member states of the OSCE, which include Ukraine, Russia and the United States, in March extended its monitoring in Ukraine by a year.

”The Czech was driving the car at the time of the incident,” Radio Praha said.

The Czech observer and his German colleague were reported to be stable, it said.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz called for an investigation of the incident and, in a tweet, said he had spoken to the mission`s ambassador, Ertugrul Apakan.

”Need thorough investigation; those responsible will be held accountable,” he said on Twitter.

The incident is being investigated.


See also: Russian militants shoot at OSCE monitors in Donetsk, seize UAV

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