OSCE: Latest from the Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine–based on information received until 9 May 18:00 hrs (Kyiv time)
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The situation in Ukraine was calm with the exception of the Donetsk region. The overall security situation in the Donetsk region has further deteriorated, with the outbreak of fighting in Mariupol on 9 May.
The situation in Kharkiv was calm. Celebrations for Victory Day took place. No incidents were reported.
In Luhansk, the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) observed a public gathering to mark Victory Day at Shevchenko Square with approximately 2,000 participants. Many St. George’s flags could be seen, as well as former Soviet Union red flags. The event was secured by both the police (many police officers wore St. George’s ribbons on their uniforms) and approximately 50 persons, some dressed in unmarked military fatigues and some in civilian clothes, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and hand-held Kalashnikov machine guns.
In the Donetsk region, the situation further deteriorated, mainly with the…
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