"The OSCE Permanent Council has extended the mandate of the monitoring mission at the Russian border crossings Gukovo and Donetsk for three months in its current form," the OSCE Mission to Ukraine reported. However, it is noted that "Russia has blocked extension of the mandate to all sections of the border adjacent to the territory of Donbas controlled by the militants. The other members supported the initiative of Ukraine".
In turn, Director-General of the Directorate General for Policy and Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleksii Makieiev wrote on Twitter: "The Russian Federation resists OSCE's control over Russian/Ukrainian border tooth and nail. Otherwise the flow of smuggled Russian weapons and mercenaries will stop."