The leaders of the so-called People's Donetsk Republic (DPR) stated that any armed OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine will be viewed as military aggression against the self-declared republic.
This position was stated by the leader of the so-called DPR, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, at a media briefing. It was later published by separatist media sources.
"If they dare to show up here armed, I will consider it to be a military invasion. They only have a mandate to be a monitory mission," he stated.
Previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a Q&A session with a Russian audience, expressed his support for the creation of an armed OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has also been an avid proponent of an armed OSCE mission in the Donbas region.