The OSCE will increase its monitoring mission in the Donbass

Special monitoring mission of the OSCE in the Donbas will be increased from 700 to 1 thousand observers.

This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Austria, the OSCE Chairman Sebastian Kurz, transfers gromadske.

He also announced the intention of the OSCE to improve the material support of the mission, in particular, to increase the efficiency of surveillance at night.

Discussed with FM @PavloKlimkin hum. and security situation in Eastern Ukraine; AT will contribute 1 Mio EUR for the @ICRC de-mining projects

— Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) 7 Jun 2017

In turn, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated that the mission cannot be permanently present along the line of demarcation and monitoring.

In addition, observers do not have access to nekontroliruem section of the Ukrainian-Russian border, because faced with intimidation from the militants.

[email protected] #OSCE_SMM should apply. Her mandate on the entire territory of Ukraine, including on the border,where it must be.

— olexander scherba (@olex_scherba) 7 Jun 2017

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The head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine has warned of environmental disaster in the Donbas

We will remind, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with OSCE Chairman, the Federal Minister of Europe, integration and foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz. Poroshenko drew attention to the gross violations by the Kremlin Minsk agreements, as evidenced by the worsening security and humanitarian situation in the Donbas.

The parties discussed the increasing cases of intimidation OSCE observers by Pro-Russian militants. The President stressed that the main purpose of this is to limit the mission’s access to the occupied territories until the complete displacement of SMM OSCE from the region.