Almost 600 observers stay in Donbas and Luhansk regions, OSCE

Source : 112 Ukraine

Restrictions of the patrolling in the occupied zone will not be lifted until parties keep their responsibilities
17:44, 5 May 2017


The restrictions influenced the OSCE’s capability to fix the irregularities of the silence regime but did not affected OSCE’s prevention of the degradation of the situation in Donbas as Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, claimed during the briefing in the Ukraine Crisis media center.

‘The restrictions were imposed by OSCE. We have almost 600 observers in Luhansk and Donetsk regions and we are responsible to them for reducing the risks. We will do this until parties keep their responsibilities. In particular, mine-lifting, marking and fencing of the mines and just exploded ammunition’, he said.

OSCE will continue its mission but restrictions will be lifted only when parties will keep Memorandum’s guidelines that forbid mine laying and other explosives and oblige to remove the remained.

On April 23, the OSCE SMM’s vehicle went on a land mine in the occupied area of Luhansk, which caused the death of an OSCE observer; two of his colleagues got hurt. 

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