Hindering the work of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine, Russian-backed militants are aiming to conceal from international community the increase of military capacity, the USA Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer stated, ‘Interfax-Ukraine’ reports.
‘Over the past week, Russian-backed militants in Donbas downed two OSCE drones over Horlivka. They also damaged OSCE surveillance cameras in the vicinities of Donetsk. These cameras are very important for monitoring locations near Avdiivka and Yasynovata. Moreover, militants deny the observers access to the surveillance equipment so that they could fix it. According to OSCE report, Russian-backed forces ban movement of the mission, especially in the hottest spots of military activity, like Avdiivka and along Ukraine-Russian border. Such actions are aimed at concealing from international community the increase of military capacity by Russian-backed militants in eastern Ukraine’, - Baer stated.
He noted, that this is ‘a part of deceitful strategy of the Russian Federation aimed at concealing constant military aggression against Ukraine’.
‘We observe this strategy at every OSCE session, when Russia denies being a part of Donbas conflict, despite irrefutable evidence of the contrary. Russia is trying to distract us, blaming Ukraine for neglecting Minsk peace agreements’, - Ambassador Baer stated.