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 Russia opposes expansion of OSCE mandate to all sections of Ukrainian-Russian border in occupied Donbas, - Foreign Ministry

Ukraine's delegation to the OSCE condemns Russia's efforts to block expansion of the mandate of the OSCE to all sections of the Ukrainian-Russian border that is temporarily not under control of the Ukrainian authorities.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the delegation of Ukraine to the OSCE reiterates the importance of the comprehensive and permanent OSCE monitoring on the Russian side of the Ukrainian-Russian border in zones adjacent to the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions which is critical for sustainable de-escalation and peaceful resolution of the international armed conflict started by Russia and taking place on the sovereign territory of Ukraine.

"We deeply regret that the Russian Federation persists in opposing expansion of the mandate of the OSCE Observer Mission at the Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk to all sections of the border that is temporarily not under control of the Ukrainian authorities. Such expansion enjoys support of the OSCE participating States, except the Russian Federation," Ukraine's delegation to OSCE said in a statement.

"Opposition of Russia can only be attributed to its unchanged position on continuing fueling the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas, including by supplying heavy weapons, military equipment, regular troops, fighters and mercenaries, sponsoring and financing terrorist acts in the territory of Ukraine," the statement reads.

The delegation emphasizes that these actions by Russia constitute internationally wrongful acts, which entail the international responsibility of the Russian Federation.

In this connection Ukraine's delegation recalls that Russia has not responded to numerous requests for explanations on the OSCE SMM reported presence in the occupied parts of Donbas of modern Russian weapons and military equipment, including the jamming system R-330 Zhitel, heavy flame-thrower system Buratino, portable flame-thrower Shmel, Grad P, UAV Orlan-10, used exclusively by the Russian Armed Forces. Neither SMM nor OM at the Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk have verified the withdrawal of these sophisticated Russian weapons from the territory of Ukraine.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3064409
 
 
 
 
 
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