Contents tagged with OSCE

  • Russian OSCE observers will not be invited to the Ukrainian Parliament elections

    The head of the mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Albert Jonsson said that the Russian Federation did not nominate its long-term observers for the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, reports Ukrinform News Agency.

    Jonsson also explained that the ODIHR invites all OSCE participating countries to nominate their candidates for teams of long-term and short-term observers.

    "So far, Russia has not submitted its candidates to the team of long-term …

  • Moldovan Defense Minister: United policy needed to get Russian troops out of Transnistria

    In order to force Russia to fully withdraw its troops from Transnistria, Moldova must maintain a consistent state policy, said Moldovan Defense Minister Eugen Sturza, as reported by Ukrinform.

    “Unfortunately, we keep to the traditional game: one step forward, two steps back. In other words, today some politicians advocate the withdrawal of Russian troops, but tomorrow, so to speak, the government changes, and other politicians claim that they want to make friends with Russia, and push to …

  • Russia tests orbital jamming system in Donbas

    The Russian military is testing the Tirada-2 orbital jamming system in the Donbas. The presence of this modern electronic warfare system in eastern Ukraine was announced on 16 March 2019 in a report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). At the time, the system had not yet been officially adopted into Russia’s armament.

    According to volunteers from the international investigation community InformNapalm, this system’s presence in the Donbas indicates not only that Russia is testing its …

  • OSCE coordinator visits six Ukrainian POWs in Donbas

    Toni Frisch, OSCE coordinator of the Trilateral Contact Group’s humanitarian subgroup, recently visited six Ukrainian prisoners in Donetsk, announced Iryna Herashchenko, Ukraine’s envoy to the subgroup, on Facebook.

    “Recently ambassador Toni Frisch, OSCE coordinator in the humanitarian subgroup, visited occupied Donetsk, where, according to our preliminary information, he met with four hostages – soldiers whom the militants have not released for more than four years, despite all our efforts. …

  • OSCE detects newest Russian weapons in Donbas

    The representatives of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the OSCE announced on Twitter that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded the newest Russian weapons systems in the territory of Donbas which is not under Ukraine’s control.

    OSCE stated that these weapons are located in the Luhansk region.

    "The newest Russian military equipment systems – the R-330Z Zhytel (Resident) automated jamming station and the Tirada-2 electronic warfare system were spotted by the OSCE Special …

  • Ukraine bans charter flights to Russia

    On Wednesday, April 3, Ukrainian authorities decided to impose a ban on direct charter flights between Ukraine and Russia, with the exception of those flights that are necessary to support the activities of the UN, OSCE and Red Cross missions. The idea to introduce such was proposed by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov.

    According to him, Kyiv made this decision after Ukrainian politicians Yuriy Boyko and Viktor Medvedchuk took advantage of the “loophole” to fly to …

  • OSCE calls on the parties in Donbas conflict to come to a sustainable ceasefire

    Following the meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, the OSCE Special Representative for the Tripartite Contact Group on Ukraine, said that the armistice from March 8 was unsatisfactory, Interfax Ukraine reported.

    “A few days ago, the Security Working Group reached a decision on recommitment to the ceasefire, starting from 8 March 2019,” Sajdik told the reporters.

    “Although the first days that followed showed a reduction of ceasefire violations by 61% as compared with the …

  • OSCE expresses regret that Russian observers are banned from monitoring Ukraine's presidential elections

    OSCE Secretary General, Thomas Greminger, expressed regret and concern regarding decision to ban Russian citizens from being official observers at the 2019 elections in Ukraine, reports Interfax-Ukraine. 

    “I share the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) director's regret and concern because it is not very good not to follow the structure of the monitoring methodology,” he said.

    Greminger noted that he follows with interest what is happening in Ukraine. However, he …

  • US urges Russia to put an end to violence in eastern Ukraine

    Speaking at a session of the OSCE Permanent Council on March 7, Acting Deputy Chief of the US Mission to the OSCE Gregory Macris said that for five years Russia has been destabilizing Ukraine through its “manufactured conflict” in the country’s east, and breaching its obligations according to the Minsk Agreements, which constitute the roadmap to peace.

    According to Macris, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) has been observing numerous violations of the Minsk Agreements, and most of them …

  • Kremlin tells OSCE that Russia has completed integration of annexed Crimea

    Dmitry Balakin, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE stated at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council that the Crimea has completed its integration into Russia’s society, reported the press service of the Russian Permanent Mission to the OSCE.

    “Life has proven that the Crimea's residents made the right choice. Now, we can say for sure that its integration into Russia’s common political, legal, social and economic space has been completed,” he said.

    Balakin added that the …