Water supply from Ukraine to occupied Luhansk to be stopped: details
On November 6, the Luhansk energy association is going to de-energize the Petrivska pumping station (water intake) of the Popasna water service company, which supplies water to residents in uncontrolled areas in Luhansk region, and in particular, the Russian-occupied city of Luhansk.
Militants in Luhansk region intentionally disable SMM OSCE cameras, - Olifer
The militants in Luhansk region intentionally disable cameras of the SMM OSCE, press secretary of Ukraine’s representative in the TCG Darka Olifer wrote on Facebook.
President: Ukraine is interested in increasing Turkish representation in the OSCE monitoring mission and expects our partners to support the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas
“Our strategic partnership is at the very high level, just as the level of trust between the Presidents. And already not 2.5, but 3 hours we spent with Mr. President during the meeting in vis-à-vis format provide all grounds for optimism in the development of all spheres of our bilateral cooperation and multilateral coordination,” President Petro Poroshenko said opening the sixth session of the Ukraine-Turkey High-Level Strategic Council.
OSCE finds statement on increase of number of Russian observers incorrect
The OSCE SMM called the information of the representative of Ukraine in Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko incorrect. She claimed that the number of the observers from Russia and unfriendly countries significantly increased. The OSCE SMM reported this to Ukrainian Truth.
Heads of Border Guard, OSCE SMM in Ukraine discuss Donbas situation
In order to regain control over the Donbas border, it is important for Ukraine to consolidate its efforts at the international level, and also to cooperate with the OSCE. This was stated by the head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Petro Tsyhykal after the meeting with the head of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan, the department press service reported.
Lavrov: UN peacekeepers needed in Donbas only to guard OSCE observers
UN peacekeepers are needed in Donbas, but only to guard the OSCE observers. This is Moscow’s view of the mission, phrased by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
OSCE spots three convoys of military equipment 15 km from Luhansk
SMM OSCE observers spotted militant military equipment being moved 15 km from Luhansk, according to their page on Facebook.
UN peacekeepers will help restore integrity of Ukraine, - Nauert
Introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission to the east of Ukraine will protect citizens from armed violence and contribute to the restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state. This was stated on Wednesday by the spokesperson of the US State Department Heather Nauert in Washington, Ukrinform repoprts.
75 percent of cases of interference in OSCE SMM work took place in Donbas
Since February 2017, the OSCE has reported over 500 cases of hindering activity of its monitoring missions. According to Ertugrul Apakan, the head of the OSCE SMM, 75 percent of such cases took place in the militant-occupied areas of Donbas.
OSCE spots buses with children from occupied Donbas on Russia-Ukraine border
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, which is based at the Russian Gukovo and Donetsk Border Crossing Points (BCPs), has recorded buses with children from the occupied territories of Donbas, which crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border.
The leaders of the Normandy format expressed resolute support to the cease-fire regime on the occasion of the beginning of a new school year
The President of Ukraine held a phone conversation with the leaders of the Normandy format – the President of France, the Federal Chancellor of Germany, and the President of Russia.
27 civilians died, 62 got injured in Donbas, - OSCE SMM
27 civilians died and 62 got wounds of varying severity due to the blowing up by the mines or blind shells in Donbas in 2017. The press service of OSCE SMM reported this.
OSCE announces new patrol bases in Donbas
OSCE observers will set new patrol bases in Donbas in the near time; Alexander Hug, first deputy head of OSCE SMM in Ukraine reported this at a Tuesday briefing.
Armed man at Stanytsia Luhanska bridge threatens to shoot OSCE SMM patrol members
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported that an armed man at the Stanytsia Luhanska bridge threatened to shoot SMM patrol members.
OSCE calls Ukraine, Donbas militants to demine Svitlodarsk-Debaltseve road
On Tuesday morning an SMM UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) spotted continued presence of anti-tank mines on the MO3 road from Svitlodarsk to Debaltseve. A few hours later mines and UXOs were removed and OSCE SMM patrol was able to travel to Debaltseve along this road. This was reported by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine in Facebook.
OSCE calls for journalist Aseev’s release from militant captivity
Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, called for releasing journalist Stanislav Aseev, who is held in captivity by Donbas militants, according to the statement published on the OSCE website.
President held a phone conversation in the Normandy format
The President called the last days of July one of the bloodiest in 2017 and urged Russia to immediately cease aggressive actions and supply of weapons to the occupied territories.
Merkel, Macron on Donbas: Fulfill Minsk, withdraw forces, let in OSCE
​German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron summarized the results of the Normandy Four negotiations. The leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia during the talks confirmed the need to fully implement Minsk agreement. This is said in a joint statement by Merkel and Macron, published on the Chancellor's website on Monday.
NATO supports Ukraine in struggle with Russia, - Stoltenberg
The NATO condemns Russia’s continuous aggression against Ukraine, and the Alliance remains committed to its support for the Ukrainian government. Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general said that while opening the Ukraine-NATO commission session on Monday.
OSCE’s PA adopted resolution urging to de-occupy Crimea and Donbas
OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly adopted the resolution on “Restoration the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, which includes a paragraph on reversing occupation of Crimea and Donbas, according to OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly website.
OSCE PA members consider resolution on de-occupation of Crimea and Donbas on July 7-8
The Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE will consider the resolution on 'Strengthening of the mutual confidence and cooperation for peace and prosperity in OSCE region' that summons Russia to abolish the Crimea annexation and stick to the agreements towards Donbas on July 7-8. The leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc Artur Gerasimov claimed this at 112 Ukraine airing.
OSCE reports almost 70 explosions in Donbas within one day
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has reported about almost 70 explosions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions within one day.
Poroshenko summons chair of OSCE to activate advice on insertion of police mission
Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine summoned Sebastian Kurz, the Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to activate the advice on insertion of the OSCE police mission in Donbas. He claimed this during the meeting with Kurz in Kyiv. It is reported in the website of the Administration of the President.
Russian side provides ceasefire regime guarantees for power line repair near Avdiivka
Ukrainian side in Joint Coordination and Control Center received ceasefire guarantee from the Russian party, for the period of restoration works involving State Emergency Service of Ukraine and OSCE, which will continue on June 6 and 7. This was reported by the press service of Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs on Twitter.
Donbas: OSCE SMM in Ukraine reports 500 ceasefire violations over one hour
Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine reports ‘a 45-percent increase in the number of ceasefire violations’ in war-torn Donbas over the last week. That was mentioned in the most recent speech of Alexander Hug, the Mission’s Deputy Head, released by the OSCE SMM’s press service.
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands security assurance for OSCE observers
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France stated for the demand of security assurance for OSCE observers in Donbas to let them perform their mission. The Reuters reports this.
OSCE needs new monitoring system in Donbas, - Apakan
The OSCE SMM in Ukraine needs a new system of monitoring and to step up actions in the combat area in Donbas. Ertugrul Apakan, the Head of the Mission in Ukraine, said that at a briefing in Kyiv, as representatives of 27 OSCE member states visited this country on May 30 and 31. The officials arrived in Donbas to witness the status of ceasefire and the level of efforts taken to solve the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
All OSCE SMM offices operate as usual
All the offices of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine operate in a regular manner with certain restrictions, Principal Deputy Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Alexander Hug has said.
OSCE envoy Sajdik: Number of civilians killed in Donbas more than doubles
Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the settlement of the Donbas crisis, Ambassador Martin Sajdik says that the number of civilians killed in the east of Ukraine January through May 2017 soared by 120% year-over-year, according to the Belarussian telegraph agency BELTA.
Stoltenberg: Minsk agreement to be discussed at upcoming NATO Summit
Russia’s failure to comply with the Minsk agreements will be one of the major topics for discussion during the oncoming NATO summit in Brussels, slated for Thursday, May 25. Jens Stoltenberg, the Alliance’s Secretary General said that at a briefing in the Belgian capital.