A special monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) has opened a new advanced patrol base (APB) to accommodate a group of observers in Popasna settlement in Luhansk region. This is reported by the mission on its Facebook page.
"We are opening advanced patrol bases on both sides of the contact line to ensure that our monitoring is carried out on a parity basis. The new APB will allow us to more effectively fulfill the tasks set out in our mandate, in particular, to report on the security situation. And also to establish a dialogue with local residents and learn more about what bothers them, "said First Deputy Head of the SMM Alexander Hug.
He also noted that the mission would like to open more advanced patrol bases on both sides of the contact line. However, in order to have this opportunity, the OSCE needs security guarantees from both sides.
It should be noted that eight employees will work on a new base around the clock. The rotation of the observers will be carried out every 5 days.