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.
70 OSCE patrols monitor delimitation line in Donbas, - Gerashchenko
Around 70 OSCE patrols monitor the situation along the delimitation line in Donbas every day. This was reported in Facebook by Ukraine’s representative in the humanitarian subgroup in the Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Gerashchenko.
OSCE: "DPR" members instructed to deny SMM passage
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine has said the members of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR") are instructed to stop SMM patrols and deny their passage unless they are on "planned routes."
OSCE Chief Monitor Apakan condemns sexual harassment of SMM patrol member in Donetsk region
The Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, condemns the sexual harassment of an SMM patrol member by an armed man in the non-government controlled area of Donetsk region, which took place on May 5.
Gerashchenko to raise issue regarding sexual harassment of OSCE patrol at Minsk talks
Iryna Gerashchenko, Ukrainian representative in Trilateral Contact Group, will demand to assess the incident with sexual harassment of OSCE monitor by "DPR" militant. Gerashchenko wrote this on Facebook.
OSCE SMM records decrease in ceasefire violations in Donbas
The Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE SMM) has noted a decrease in a number of ceasefire violations in Donbas, but linked it to the newly-introduced patrolling restrictions.
RFE/RL shows moment OSCE vehicle explodes in occupied Donbas
RFE/RL has obtained a video via an official Ukrainian source that shows the moment a vehicle carrying OSCE monitors was struck by an explosion during a patrol in eastern Ukraine's conflict zone, killing an American and injuring a German and a Czech.
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