The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine intends to again use the long-range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to increase its monitoring activities and to overcome the obstacles to monitoring the situation in Donbas conflict zone. This was reported on the OSCE website.
"The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine will reintroduce the use of long range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to augment and complement its monitoring activities and to overcome impediments to monitoring in eastern Ukraine," the message says.
As it was reported, the OSCE extended the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission in Donbas until March 31, 2019.
“The mandate of the OSCE SMM was extended until March 31, 2019. The delegation of Ukraine issued its interpretative statement, in which it stressed that the SMM should have full and unhindered access to the entire territory of Ukraine, including Crimea and Sevastopol. All states of the EU, the USA and Canada have supported this,” the message says.
Earler, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry sent the OSCE a request for the extension of the monitoring mission's mandate in Donbas for another year. Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative at international organizations in Vienna tweeted this on Twitter. Prokopchuk added that Ukraine welcomes the efforts and loyalty of OSCE SMM observers who keep on doing their job in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.