Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug said at a briefing in occupied Donetsk, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
Asked whether the OSCE SMM planned to establish permanent observation posts in three areas near the villages of Zolote, Petrivske, and Stanytsia Luhanska, from where the forces and hardware were agreed to be withdrawn, Alexander Hug said that according to its mandate, the SMM was going to monitor the accordance of the disengagement of forces and hardware with the framework agreement.
He said SMM required unimpeded, free, and safe access to these areas in order for the OSCE observation points to be established.
He stressed this condition was not fulfilled in all three areas as physical obstacles, mines and other explosive ordnance were still impeding the access.
The principal deputy chief monitor also noted that the OSCE SMM observers monitored these areas daily but still faced impediments.
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