OSCE chairperson urges to unblock SMM work in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid expressed deep concern due to blocking of the SMM in east of Ukraine
08:40, 21 October 2021

OSCE SMM in Ukraine

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ann Linde and OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid have expressed deep concern over the blocking of the SMM in Donbas as the OSCE reported.

The representatives of the mission urged the parties to provide operative fulfillment of all commitments and interact to deescalate and settle the situation.

“There can be no justification for any form of interference in the Mission’s work. The current restrictions have an impact on civilians on both sides of the contact line. The SMM must be provided the necessary conditions to carry out its work throughout Ukraine, in line with its mandate, the Minsk agreements and the Common Agreed Conclusions of the “Normandy” Summit on 9 December 2019,” Chairperson-in-Office Linde said. 

Related: Ukraine responds to blocking of OSCE work in Donbas

As we reported, the Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine following protests near its headquarters in separatist-controlled Donetsk. About 200 pro-Russian protesters confronted OSCE monitors on Saturday to demand the release of a rebel officer captured by the Ukrainian military last week.

However, the OSCE continues its monitoring mission in the part of the Luhansk region not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, despite the termination of work in occupied Donetsk.

Besides, in occupied Horlivka, Donbas region, militants do not release members of the OSCE monitoring mission and demand the release of a militant detained by the Armed Forces near a breeding site near Zolotye on October 13.

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