OSCE: Ukrainian Armed Forces and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas are coming closer to each other

Opposing sides continue to move towards each other in the Donbas, stated Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug  on Monday, February 19, at a press briefing in Donetsk.

"The fact is that the sides continue to dig trenches. The fact is, that the sides move closer to one another. The fact is, that the sides keep weapons that they should have long withdrawn in areas where they should not be. And the fact is that that both sides continue to lay mines, despite the fact that they had promised in September 2014 not to do so," said Hug.

At the same time, he noted that all the above-mentioned facts are set out in special reports by the SMM and are all available on their website in Russian, Ukrainian and English.

Hug also recalled that there are 739 SMM observers in Ukraine today, who will continue to monitor, document and report on established facts.

  OSCE, Donbas, Ukraine, War in Ukraine