"Correction: …Hug stated that OSCE had not seen direct evidence of Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine. We have removed this remark, as it did not convey his intended view. He goes on to cite facts and observations that his monitors have recorded," the ezine said.
Hug said in the interview with the Foreign Policy that the OSCE SMM observers saw people with identification marks of the Russian Federation in Donbas, adding, "But you can buy this jacket anywhere."
"... We have seen convoys leaving and entering Ukraine on dirt roads in the middle of the night, in areas where there is no official crossing. In one border area, we’ve also made this public, including some footage we have put out. We have seen specific types of weapons that we have described in detail, including electronic warfare equipment. We have spoken to prisoners taken by the Ukrainian forces who claim to be members of the Russian armed forces fighting on rotation in Ukraine. We have seen men with the insignia of the Russian Federation, but you can buy this jacket anywhere. We have also seen the insignia of Germany, Spain, and others—but also of the Russians," he said.
First Deputy Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament and Ukraine's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group's humanitarian subgroup Iryna Herashchenko expressed her regrets about Hug's comments, saying that she hoped it "was [Hug's] failure to formulate a phrase, not a position." She said OSCE SMM weekly records the presence of Russian equipment and weapons in its official reports.
Hug leaves his post on Oct. 31, 2018.