Contents tagged with OSCE

  • OSCE coordinator visits six Ukrainian POWs in Donbas

    Toni Frisch, OSCE coordinator of the Trilateral Contact Group’s humanitarian subgroup, recently visited six Ukrainian prisoners in Donetsk, announced Iryna Herashchenko, Ukraine’s envoy to the subgroup, on Facebook.

    “Recently ambassador Toni Frisch, OSCE coordinator in the humanitarian subgroup, visited occupied Donetsk, where, according to our preliminary information, he met with four hostages – soldiers whom the militants have not released for more than four years, despite all our efforts. …

  • OSCE detects newest Russian weapons in Donbas

    The representatives of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the OSCE announced on Twitter that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded the newest Russian weapons systems in the territory of Donbas which is not under Ukraine’s control.

    OSCE stated that these weapons are located in the Luhansk region.

    "The newest Russian military equipment systems – the R-330Z Zhytel (Resident) automated jamming station and the Tirada-2 electronic warfare system were spotted by the OSCE Special …

  • Ukraine bans charter flights to Russia

    On Wednesday, April 3, Ukrainian authorities decided to impose a ban on direct charter flights between Ukraine and Russia, with the exception of those flights that are necessary to support the activities of the UN, OSCE and Red Cross missions. The idea to introduce such was proposed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov.

    According to him, Kyiv made this decision after Ukrainian politicians Yuriy Boyko and Viktor Medvedchuk took advantage of the “loophole” to fly to …

  • OSCE calls on the parties in Donbas conflict to come to a sustainable ceasefire

    Following the meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, the OSCE Special Representative for the Tripartite Contact Group on Ukraine, said that the armistice from March 8 was unsatisfactory, Interfax Ukraine reported.

    “A few days ago, the Security Working Group reached a decision on recommitment to the ceasefire, starting from 8 March 2019,” Sajdik told the reporters.

    “Although the first days that followed showed a reduction of ceasefire violations by 61% as compared with the …

  • OSCE expresses regret that Russian observers are banned from monitoring Ukraine's presidential elections

    OSCE Secretary General, Thomas Greminger, expressed regret and concern regarding decision to ban Russian citizens from being official observers at the 2019 elections in Ukraine, reports Interfax-Ukraine. 

    “I share the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) director's regret and concern because it is not very good not to follow the structure of the monitoring methodology,” he said.

    Greminger noted that he follows with interest what is happening in Ukraine. However, he …

  • US urges Russia to put an end to violence in eastern Ukraine

    Speaking at a session of the OSCE Permanent Council on March 7, Acting Deputy Chief of the US Mission to the OSCE Gregory Macris said that for five years Russia has been destabilizing Ukraine through its “manufactured conflict” in the country’s east, and breaching its obligations according to the Minsk Agreements, which constitute the roadmap to peace.

    According to Macris, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has been observing numerous violations of the Minsk Agreements, and most of them …

  • Kremlin tells OSCE that Russia has completed integration of annexed Crimea

    Dmitry Balakin, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE stated at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council that the Crimea has completed its integration into Russia’s society, reported the press service of the Russian Permanent Mission to the OSCE.

    “Life has proven that the Crimea's residents made the right choice. Now, we can say for sure that its integration into Russia’s common political, legal, social and economic space has been completed,” he said.

    Balakin added that the …

  • Putin complains to Macron about elections in Ukraine

    During a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Macron complained about “the intensification of the anti-Russian campaign”.

    “When exchanging views on Ukraine, Vladimir Putin drew Emmanuel Macron's attention to the anti-Russian campaign of Kyiv authorities, which has intensified in the context of the upcoming presidential elections in March,” the Kremlin’s press service reported.

    Putin said that the actions of the Ukrainian side, including the …

  • Kyiv: absolutely no possibility that Russian observers can be allowed to monitor Ukrainian presidential elections

    Martians have more chances to be present at the presidential elections in Ukraine than Russian observers do, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrote on his Twitter page.

    “Martians have more chances to observe the elections. Of course, if they manage to go through all the procedures and join the OSCE. But they will definitely better adhere to the fundamental principles of the OSCE,” the minister said.

    Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow would offer the OSCE Office for …

  • Kremlin: Russia to send election observers to Ukraine on voting day

    Russia intends to send observers to monitor Ukraine’s upcoming presidential elections directly on voting day – 31 March – as part of the OSCE’s international observation mission, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported. 

    The department claims to have received a circular request on 12 February from the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to send short-term observers to the Ukrainian presidential elections. 

    “Russia intends to use its right to participate in the …