U.S. magazine Foreign Policy has deleted the statement by Alexander Hug, the OSCE SMM deputy head in Ukraine about the absence of the direct evidence of Russia’s interference in Donbas from the recent interview. The magazine itself reported it on Friday.
'The specification dated October 25, 2018. In the earlier version of the interview Hug claimed that the OSCE did not spot the direct evidence of the interference of Russia in the events in eastern Ukraine. We excluded this comment as it did not provide his supposed point of view. Then he provides the fact and observations spotted by the observers,' the magazine noted.
In the initial version, when Hug answered the question about OSCE position toward Russia’s interference in the event in eastern Ukraine, he claimed:
'Talking about the things we saw there, we did not see the direct evidence (of the Russian interference)', he said.
At the same time, according to Hug, the mission spotted the convoys entering in Ukraine and leaving it on unpaved roads at night in the areas with no official checkpoints.
Also, Hug claimed that the observers saw 'the particular parts of the weapons', including the military-grade electronic weapons.
Moreover, the mission communicated with the prisoners detained by the Ukrainian soldiers who stated that they are the soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces and participated in the Donbas Conflict during rotation.
OSCE Deputy Head also claimed that the members of the mission saw the men with the marking of Russia’s Army at the uniform but it can be bought anywhere. And noted that OSCE observers saw the marking of Germany, Spain and other countries including Russia.
Earlier Iryna Gerashchenko, the First Deputy Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament said that Russia has seen sending the brand new military vehicles, weaponry and hardware to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, which is why it takes a lot more than an hour to end the conflict in Donbas.