The OSCE special monitoring mission plans to open more forward patrol bases in the towns in the occupied area of Donetsk region, including those lying near the Ukraine-Russia state border. Alexander Hug, the first deputy head of OSCE SMM in Ukraine reported this at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday.
'We intend to open new forward patrol bases in the two areas near the engagement line - for instance, in Dokuchaivsk, where the armed units assist us. But we also plan to open these in Novoazovsk and Amvrosiivka, not far from the non-controlled sections of the border with Russia,' Hug said.
He added that the militants of self-styled 'Donetsk People's Republic' still haven't told the OSCE if they were ready to support the Mission in opening the bases in Novoazovsk and Amvrosiivka. 'OSCE will not be able to show the full picture unless it has full access to all respective areas,' Hug concluded.