Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) intends to increase the number of observers as part of its Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, as well as strengthen its technical capacity and increase patrol hours along the line of contact, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria and OSCE Chairman Sebastian Kurz stated at a meeting of the UN Security Council.
“One of the central issues OSCE has to deal with is crisis in Ukraine and around Ukraine. This crisis has a number of aspects: The annexation of Crimea, the supply of arms to the Donbas, the role of the Russian Federation, the implementation of the Minsk agreements and numerous acts of violence. All these issues are regularly discussed in the OSCE,” Sebastian Kurz said.
Due to the increasing level of violence in the Donbas, Chairman of the organization called on all parties to fulfill Minsk agreements and fully adhere to the ceasefire.
February 17, First Deputy Head of the OSCE SMM Aleksander Hug informed on a serious obstruction of the OSCE observers work on the part of separatists.