Contents tagged with OSCE

  • OSCE drone detects latest Russian electronic warfare systems in Donbas

    In the regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces not controlled by Ukraine, observers from the OSCE mission have detected dozens of tanks and artillery systems deployed outside the set withdrawal areas, as well as anti-air defense systems and the latest Russian electronic warfare systems, reported Ukraine’s Joint Center for Control and Coordination of ceasefire in the Donbas (JCCC) .

    On August 9, an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) drone detected as many as 30 tanks belonging to the …

  • 11 countries accuse Russia of invading Georgia in 2008

    On August 7, the informal group of Friends of Georgia in the OSCE issued a joint statement dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Russia’s military invasion of Georgia. The authors of the statement urged Russia "to reverse its recognition of the so-called independence of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions."

    The text was signed by the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Ukraine. The signatories also called upon Moscow "to …

  • OSCE urges Ukraine to prolong special status of Donbas

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine should extend the validity of the law “On the special order of local self-government in the separate regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces,” which was adopted in 2014.

    Martin Sajdik, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the situation in the Donbas, has sent an official request to this effect to the leaders of the Verkhovna  Rada, announced Iryna Herashchenko, First Deputy Speaker of …

  • President of Moldova speaks against withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria

    In his statement on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the beginning of the peacekeeping operation in Transnistria, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that he is in favor of keeping the so-called peacekeeping mission in the Dniester valley security zone, which includes Russian military personnel, Ukrinform news agency reports.

    "On July 29, 1992 ... military troops were deployed to carry out a joint peacekeeping operation in the security zone on the banks of the Dniester. Despite any …

  • Ukraine expresses concern over the OSCE data leak to Russia

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed its concern about the report of security threats against the members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine coming from the possible interference of Russian Federation intelligence services in their work, as stated in the commentary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    "In this regard, the Foreign Ministry asked the OSCE SMM to share the measures to be taken to prevent such cases in the future. Ukraine condemns any actions …

  • USA: Russia uses humanitarian convoys to bring military materials to Donbas

    Russia is only creating the appearance of assisting the local population in the territories of the Donbas; in truth, the “humanitarian convoys” simply mask the transportation of materials for military purposes, stated the Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the US Mission to the OSCE, Harry Kamian, in an address to the OSCE leadership.

    Kamian said that the OSCE Monitoring Mission recorded the arrival of the 75th Russian white-truck convoy into Ukrainian territory on May 24.

     “OSCE Monitors at the …

  • OSCE: Situation in Donbas at its worst since start of 2018

    The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) considers the current state of affairs in the Donbas the most precarious since the start of 2018, first deputy head of the mission Alexander Hugt old DW in an interview.

    “If you compare with previous months, this is the worst period, when we are observing significant usage of heavy weapons. This is one of the most severe moments we have seen this year. Over the course of a day we have between 200 and 2,000 cases of ceasefire violations, it was last …

  • Kyiv calls on the OSCE to make Russia stop its aggression in Ukraine

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin called on the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to use all possible leverage to make Russia to stop its aggression in Ukraine. He stated this during the meeting with the delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Monday, May 14, the press-service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

    Klimkin stressed the importance of parliamentary diplomacy within the OSCE and thanked the President of the Assembly, George Tsereteli for strongly …

  • Donetsk regional authorities call on OSCE to establish round-the-clock monitoring at Donetsk Filtration Plant

    Officials of the Donetsk Regional State Administration called for setting round-the-clock monitoring by the observers of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at the Donetsk Filtration Station (DFS), which has regularly been shelled by Russia-backed militants, the Administration’s press service reported.

    First Deputy Head of the Donetsk regional state administration Evhen Vilinskyi stressed that the systematic attacks have made …

  • Hungarian Foreign Minister: OSCE observers establish a permanent presence in Ukrainian Uzhhorod

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó reported on the beginning of constant patrolling by the OSCE monitoring mission in Transcarpathia, the  publication Mukachevo.net writes.

    "On Friday, the Hungarian Foreign Minister was informed by a letter from the Secretary General that the OSCE has established a permanent presence in Uzhhorod. The observation mission consists of 12 people," the press-service of the ruling Fidesz Party reports, quoting Minister Szijjártó.

    According to the minister, …