OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in spite of their limited access to the conflict zone counted more than two dozens of vehicles with “Cargo 200” inscription, used to transport the bodies of the deceased Russians from Donbas during 2.5 years. This was delivered by the representative of the US Mission to the OSCE, Ambassador Daniel Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna.
“On October 27, the OSCE Observer Mission at Gukovo and Donetsk noted yet again a funerary ambulance marked with “200,” a code for Russian military casualties, crossing between Russia and separatist-held Ukraine. This is the latest of more than twenty such vehicles reported in the last two-and-a-half years, and these are only the ones that have been seen. And while Russia has made discussion of its military casualties in Ukraine a crime at home, that doesn’t change the fact that sons of Russia continue to die in a conflict in which their government continues to deny its causal and central role,” reads the message.
The United States is deeply concerned about the recent uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine and keeps calling Russia to stop the violence and fully implement the disengagement agreements.
In closing, Daniel B. Baer reiterated that the US Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia ends its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea and returns this land to Ukraine.