USA: Russia blocks expansion of OSCE mission on border with Ukraine
10:16, 5 February 2016

USA: Russia blocks expansion of OSCE mission on border with Ukraine

Russia-backed militants are covering up their activities in Donbas

10:16, 5 February 2016

Pro-Russian forces in Donbas violate ceasefire and hinder the work of OSCE monitors, it is said in the report of US mission to OSCE, informs Holos Ameryky (America’s Voice).

The report contains evidence of a drastic increase in cases of ceasefire violation. It also points out to permanent use of heavy weapons near the “line of contact” and new casualties among civilians and military.

It is also reported that Russia blocks expansion of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission on Ukraine-Russia border.

OSCE representative in Ukraine Alexander Hug claims militants hinder movement of the Mission, trying to conceal their activities.

“Movement of the Mission is hindered mostly in territories uncontrolled by the government. Over 90% of incidents happen on locations not controlled by Ukrainian authorities. These incidents are sometimes overly aggressive… This is an obvious restriction of our authority and a clear violation of Minsk deals. And there’s only one reason why those who limit our actions and hinder our patrol cars from moving forward – they don’t want us to see what is really going on there”, - said OSCE representative in Ukraine Alexander Hug.

UNIAN informs that OSCE plans to further expand its mandate in Ukraine, but position of the Russian Federation remains unchanged.

Related: OSCE monitoring mission in Donbas increased to 679 members, - Hug

Related: OSCE: Conflict in Donbas led to groundless imprisonment of people

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