Contents tagged with OSCE

  • 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, …

  • OSCE detects about 60 armored vehicles belonging to separatists in Donetsk industrial zone

    On Tuesday, February 27, observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) sighted a total of 28 tanks and over 30 armored vehicles in an industrial area of Donetsk. According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Ukrainian contingent in the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire in the Donbas (JCCC) reported this in a statement released that same day.

    According to the report, despite the requirements of the Minsk agreements …

  • OSCE: Ukrainian Armed Forces and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas are coming closer to each other

    Opposing sides continue to move towards each other in the Donbas, stated Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug  on Monday, February 19, at a press briefing in Donetsk.

    "The fact is that the sides continue to dig trenches. The fact is, that the sides move closer to one another. The fact is, that the sides keep weapons that they should have long withdrawn in areas where they should not be. And the fact is that that both sides …

  • Ukraine protests the OSCE coordinator’s meeting with Surkov

    The Humanitarian Coordinator of the subgroup of the contact group on conflict settlement in the Donbas from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), Toni Frisch did not report to the Trilateral Contact group the outcome of his meeting with Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, said First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko, Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian sub-group of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG).

    "Ukrainian representatives were baffled that …

  • OSCE and US State Department criticized the Polish law on 'Bandera ideology' but Russia supported it

    The law "On the Institute of National Memory" that was approved by the Polish Senate limits the freedom of speech, stated the representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on media freedom, Harlem Désir.

    The Polish Sejm recently approved a law banning the propaganda of the so-called "Bandera ideology.” The law would make it possible to initiate criminal proceedings against individuals who deny the guilt of Ukrainian nationalists for crimes against the Poles. For …

  • Italy calls for full implementation of the Minsk Agreements

    In 2018, Italy replaced Austria as Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe or OSCE. As Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said on January 1, during its period of leadership, Rome plans to center its efforts mainly on resolving a refugee crisis in the Mediterranean region.

    Alfano also said that the organization will continue to closely monitor the situation in eastern Ukraine. The conflict in the Donbas and around Ukraine “challenges the very fundamental …

  • Russia indignant that OSCE 'does not protect the rights of Russian speakers' in Ukraine and Baltics

    Andrei Kelin, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of European Cooperation (DEC) has stated that the Russian Foreign Ministry is in favor of reforming the OSCE over bias in the organization’s work, reports Gazeta.ru.

    "We are concerned about the way the specialized institutions of the OSCE work. The bulk of their activities are concentrated in the field of human rights, and are implemented in relation to countries east of Vienna," Kelin said.

    According to Kelin, the …

  • Kyiv: separatists sent fake later to OSCE presumably on behalf of the residents demanding that Ukraine withdraw from the village of Hladosove in Donbas

    The Ukrainian side of the Joint Center on Control and Coordination or JCCC reports that representatives of separatist-held territories of Ukraine fabricated a letter allegedly from residents of Hladosove to the first deputy head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, Alexander Hug, regarding the illegal seizure of territory by Ukrainian servicemen.

    "The separatist media released information stating that the residents of the town Hladosove settlement had sent an open letter to the first deputy …