OSCE mission to increase number of observers in Ukraine



2015/01/05 • War in the Donbas

Article by: Radio Liberty

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) plans to double the number of observers for its monitoring mission in Ukraine by the end of the current month, OSCE representative Michael Bociurkiw reported.

The observer mission will be expanded from 250 to 500 people in order to improve security, said Bociurkiw.

According to him, the organization observes violations of the shaky ceasefire every day and the ban on heavy equipment described in the Minsk Accords is not in effect.

The OSCE mission is currently active on the major part of Ukraine’s territory, however, it has no access to Russia-annexed Crimea.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • disqus60

    What exactly do they do again? Report on violations of a supposed cease-fire? And then what?

    • Michel Cloarec

      For me is OSCE , an organization to report , so the decisions makers, can make decisions ! Is it working or not ?

      • disqus60

        Yeah I was kind of being facetious 😉 it’s not like they do much except report.. nothing gets done because of it.. millions of dollars that could go to other things more helpful.. but thanks!

  • Dirk Smith

    How many are muscovite? Serbian?

    • Michel Cloarec

      Good questions !

  • Michel Cloarec

    What is security ? Tea parties with the russian generals at checkpoints ?
    We do not demand OSCE to protect but to serve !
    500 servants, that must cost a lot !

  • Don Casavant

    What will an increase in numbers do, without a decrease in Russian members? I still do not understand how this organization can rationalize having Russian members on the ground in Ukraine! Hasen’t anyone told them that it is Russia that is causing the 98% of the problems in Eastern Ukraine?

    • olya powzaniuk

      I participated as an observer during the May-2014 elections. As I understand it, OSCE observers are made up from all countries and the UN does not discriminate as to how the OSCE distributes by nations, those volunteers. OSCE and UN observers are just that: OBSERVERS that do not get involved in the interaction between parties, but are there just to take note of what is happening. So when they announce that they want to increase the numbers, that is for personal safety reasons on the ground. The more in a group, the better off and safer the group is, that is sent to particular section of town, or special mission. There are people like myself, in Russia, Egypt, Liberia etc, that want to volunteer and assist in the UN-OSCE missions. Those volunteers from Russia should be non-partisan and there on the ground in Ukraine with other members, doing what the OSCE mission statement and objectives call for.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    A study in insanity

  • Brent

    If I recall correctly, 500 was the number that was agreed on in the Minsk Protocol….back on September 5th. Too bad the failure to meet this goal more promptly like resulted in more Donbas residents being victims of Putin’s war on Ukraine.