"Today [Oct. 13 - ed.] the OSCE managed for the first time to reach the [Ukrainian-Russian - ed.] border. In the Luhansk region, they were stopped and not allowed to do that in the so-called separate areas of the Luhansk region. However, in the Donetsk [region - ed.] the Mission has reached the border for the first time and conducted an inspection," the president said in an interview to Dnipropetrovsk TV channels on Tuesday evening, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
Poroshenko reminded that during Paris talks Russia "has promised to allow the OSCE to the border."
"They were never allowed to. The OSCE could not even check warehouses in the buffer zone, where withdrawn weapons were," Poroshenko said.
This is the first time in a year and a half that the OSCE SMM observers were allowed to non-Ukraine-controlled border area, the president stressed.
According to the OSCE SMM report dated Oct. 12 (no report dated Oct. 13 has been published yet), at an "LPR"-controlled crossing point into the Russian Federation in "LPR"-controlled Dovzhanske (84 km south-east of Luhansk), the SMM observed approximately 50 trucks (with both Ukrainian and Russian Federation licence plates), most loaded with coal, waiting to cross into the Russian Federation. The SMM noted two coal-laden trucks pass into the Russian Federation.