The self-proclaimed authorities of the Luhansk people's Republic After long negotiations allowed the OSCE observers on Tuesday on their controlled section of the border of Ukraine and Russia, says the report of the Special monitoring mission (SMM) of the OSCE, published on the night of Thursday.
"Authorized SMM visited the crossing point international boundary between Ukraine and the Russian Federation in a controlled so-called LNR Chervonopartizansk (68 kilometers South-East from Lugansk). The SMM observed a queue of an estimated 50 private cars, mainly With Ukrainian registration numbers, in anticipation of the transition in Russia ", - is informed in the report.
Deputy head of the OSCE special monitoring mission Alexander hug said in an interview Last news in October that the observers were consistently denied access to the international border on LPR-controlled territory. In October a meeting of Hg With the guide LNR addressed the Issue of access to the border, and the OSCE have raised hopes that the Issue will be resolved.
at a press conference in Vienna on 4 November, the SMM head Ertugrul Apakan also expressed optimism on the matter." I have to say that our ability to observe in this area (the border - ed.) in recent months has improved. We are experiencing some difficulties and expected steps from the leadership of LC in this issue and continue our discussions, " - said the head of the mission.
in the regular report, published on the night of Thursday, also says a few cases of prohibitions to the movement of authorized observers from all sides of the conflict. The report documents two cases of denial of access SMM from the soldiers of Ukraine, two cases of refusal of authorized self-proclaimed Donetsk people's Republic. Also refers to the case when Authorized in Kirovsk LNR wanted to get from SMM to present their own patrol plan, and Authorized military strength of Ukraine to Dzerzhinsk stopped a car SMM, and also checking whether the patrol of the Russian observers. After inspection, the patrol was missed.
The mandate of the OSCE SMM provides full access to observers throughout the territory of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian authorities in April of last year began military action against the self-proclaimed LNR and DND. According to the final data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began more than 8 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbas region is discussed, as well as among them, during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which Since September of last year had already taken 3 of the document, regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict.
From 1 September in the Donbass entered into force another truce, both parties and observers state that it is observed. At the end of September was signed the agreement about the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber of not more than 100 millimeters and tanks from the frontline.