The report of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine does not have any information about the presence of Russian military in the country, as the Head of the mission Ertugrul Apakan said, RIA News reported.
Ukraine’s Representative to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko stated that there were Russian servicemen and weapons on the east of Ukraine. According to him, this contradicts with Moscow’s desire to settle the conflict in the region.
In his turn, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasiliy Nebenzya asked the OSCE representatives to state their position in this regard.
In response, Apakan said that the mission’s reports have “specific facts” only, which do not testify to Russia’s military presence in Donbas.
“I have to say, so that there is no misunderstanding, that military was not mentioned in these reported,” he said.
SMM Head also specified that earlier it was reported that somebody saw “people in military uniform, who stated that they were from Russian and other countries, and also that they were mercenaries” and “a vehicle with Russian flags”.
On February 12, the UN Security Council held a session dedicated to the fourth anniversary of the Minsk Agreements, though Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the UN noted that the real purpose was to divert attention from the discussion Russian Aggression against Ukraine at the UN General Assembly.
In February 2015, a large group of Russian troops and pro-Kremlin militants was about to encircle Debaltseve, a major transport hub in Donetsk region. In the view of the complicated situation, leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia tried to find a way to settle the crisis. On February 11, they met in the Belarusian capital for negotiations. The 13 provisions of the document stipulated a full bilateral ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weaponry, and all-for-all exchange of prisoners of war.
Besides, Minsk Trilateral Contact Group was settled to find ways to solve the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. It includes Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE as the mediator.