Monitors’ access to certain sections of border with Russia limited – militants may have something to hide, - OSCE

The access of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to certain sections along the international border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation is limited.

This was stated by the SMM press service in response to the request filed by Lіga regarding the possibility of OSCE monitoring bases' deployment at the uncontrolled sections of the Ukrainian-Russian border, Censor.NET reports.

"The SMM still has limited access to certain areas along the international border between Ukraine and the Russian Federation in the areas uncontrolled by the government. In such cases, we can only assume that there is something hidden from our eyes in these areas. The SMM is planning to establish numerous advanced patrol bases in the east of Ukraine, but the mission requires the safe and secure access in order to do this," the statement reads.

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"The mission continues facing restrictions to its freedom of movement, especially in the areas that are not controlled by the Ukrainian government. The restrictions include denial of access, jamming of SMM's UAVs, lack of security guarantees from the parties, and direct threats to observers' security due to deployment and use of weapons near the advanced patrol bases of the SMM," the press service stressed.

"Despite the pressure the militants put on observers, the SMM continues visiting the border areas. Six advanced patrol bases of the SMM operate in the areas of the Donbas controlled by Ukraine: Volnovakha, Pokrovskyi (former Krasnoarmiisk), Svitlodarsk, Novoaidar, Stanytsia Luhanska, and Shchastia. Three OSCE bases are located in the occupied territory: Kadiivka (former Stakhanov), Horlivka, and Debaltseve," the OSCE SMM press service explained.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n402142