One of the OSCE patrol teams based in the south of Ukraine, namely in Kherson, monitors the situation on the administrative border between Kherson and the temporarily occupied Crimea. Responding to a QHA correspondent request, the OSCE patrols informed that they have not recorded any evidence of the "GUR saboteurs" infiltration into the Crimean territory.
“We report only those facts we can see, hear and check. Our patrols monitoring the area [at the administrative border with Crimea - Ed.], have not provided any information confirming those messages in the media,” reported the OSCE SMM in Ukraine press-center.
The OSCE informed that the patrol teams are in regular contact with a wide range of persons crossing the administrative border in both directions, as well as with the Ukrainian border guards at the entry and exit checkpoints.
Due to the situation, the OSCE SMM promises to increase the number of patrols around the administrative border.
August 11, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a note to the Special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine (SMM) expressing the need to increase the presence of the OSCE SMM along the Crimean and Ukrainian borders with the Russian Federation, as well as at the temporarily uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian State-border.
The Foreign Ministry urged the OSCE to obtain access to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in order to assess the situation on the Russian-controlled territory under the Decision №1117 of the OSCE Permanent Council on the deployment of the SMM in Ukraine.