Contents tagged with OSCE

  • Ukraine tells Russia to call off elections in LPR and DPR

    Ukraine has demanded that the Kremlin immediately call off the preparations for the so-called elections in the Donbas, Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Chairwoman Iryna Herashchenko wrote on Facebook.

    A session of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) was held on October 17, at which Ukraine was represented by presidential adviser Ruslan Demchenko.

    “Today the Ukrainian party firmly demanded that Russia and the Kremlin’s puppets immediately call off the preparations for the fake, worthless "elections" …

  • OSCE shows an anti-aircraft system being transported from Russia to Donbas

    Observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine discovered a convoy of trucks coming from Russia to the Donbas, one of which was carrying an anti-aircraft system, as stated on the OSCE SMM page on Facebook.

    “In the area near the Donetsk region not controlled by the government [of Ukraine] close to the Russian border an SMM long-range unmanned aerial vehicle again discovered a convoy of trucks that drove along a dirt road in the middle of the night, where there are no border …

  • Ukrainian politician: OSCE reports on Donbas are the only documents that the international community believes

    As of today, the reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission are the only documents trusted and recognized by the international community, stated the permanent representative of Ukraine at all international organizations in Vienna, Ihor Prokopchuk in an interview with

    Prokopchuk explained this by the fact that the mission consists of representatives of 57 countries that are members of the OSCE, which conditions the reliability of these reports.

     “The main threat at the moment is …

  • NATO to conduct largest military exercises since 1991

    On Tuesday, October 2, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg announced that NATO will conduct large-scale military exercises Trident Juncture, which will be the largest since 1991, reports Deutsche Welle.

    These exercises will take place from October 25 to November 7, in Norway, the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic. Approximately 45 thousand soldiers from 31 countries, as well as more than 110 aircraft and 60 ships, will take part in the maneuvers. The …

  • Media: Russian delegation to OSCE disseminated booklets on 'violence' against Hungarians in Ukraine

    At the OSCE conference that took place on September 11 in Warsaw, representatives from Russia allegedly distributed booklets that described the alleged violations of rights of national minorities in Ukraine, reports news outlet.

    The brochures, named "Hungarian National Minority in Ukraine: The upsurge of nationalists’ violence,” were distributed by the Russian organization known as “Interregional Public Movement for Motherland and Human Rights". The booklet publishing information stated …

  • OSCE: Donbas has the most land mines in the world

    The OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik said that the east part of Ukraine is the area with the biggest number of land mines in the world, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "The working group on security issues discussed compliance with the ceasefire, raising of the forces and means as well as demining. Ukraine’s east has become the area with the most land mines in the world," said Sajdik at the briefing following the Trilateral Contact Group meeting on conflict resolution in Donbas.

    In this …

  • USA accuses Russia of continuing to block expansion of the OSCE mission’s mandate

    Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Mission to the OSCE Gregory Macris stated that “Russia continues to block the expansion of the geographic scope of the Observer Mission along the border.”

    "We once again must accept an inadequate, limited-scope mission covering just two border checkpoints, which together account for only a few hundred meters of the 2,300-kilometer Ukrainian-Russian border, much of which Ukraine does not control,” reads the statement published on the US State Department’s …

  • 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 …