Russia Plans to Boost Separatist Support, Says Ukraine

Ukraine has accused Russia of trying to ramp up military support for separatists after Moscow refused to extend the mandate of international observers stationed on the border between the two countries.

Hundreds of OSCE monitors have been involved in two long-running missions in the areas where Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists began fighting in 2014.

On Thursday, Russia notified the Vienna-based OSCE it would not be extending the mandate of one of the missions, at the Gukovo and Donetsk border crossing points, after Sept. 30.

In a statement released late on Thursday, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said the decision “may lead to further escalation in the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict.”

Russia’s refusal to extend the OSCE mandate, Kiev said, was “evidence of its plans to continue and increase the supply of weapons, military equipment, ammunition, regular troops and mercenaries” across the border.

On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova hit back, saying Ukraine and the West had not shown “proper respect” for Russia’s agreement to deploy OSCE monitors on the border.

“It has become obvious that the work of the OSCE monitoring mission on the Russian-Ukrainian border does not have a positive effect on the settlement process, and its continuation is unadvisable,” Zakharova added.

The U.S. said it “deeply regrets” Moscow’s decision.

“Despite the limited geographic scope of the mission, it plays a significant role in providing impartial reporting of border crossings at these two points, and more broadly as a confidence-building measure,” said Courtney Austrian, the U.S. representative at the OSCE.

During the seven-year conflict, the Ukrainian military has repeatedly captured Russian military personnel fighting alongside separatists and OSCE observers have confirmed the presence of modern Russian-made military equipment in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russia of dispatching arms and troops across the border. Russia has denied those claims.

(c) The Moscow Times

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  • “It has become obvious that the work of the OSCE monitoring mission on the Russian-Ukrainian border does not have a positive effect on the settlement process, and its continuation is unadvisable,”

    It certainly doesn’t have a positive effect for Ukraine, whore. Not that it changes anything, the OSCE are as useless as a chocolate teapot. They never see, hear or say anything remotely close to the real situation on the ground. Ukraine should kick them out now.

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    • The refusal of the OSCE monitors clearly shows the Moskali have no intention of following Minsk. I think Ukraine should point this out. The obvious next step would be what you say or at least postpone the OSCE/Minsk requirements. It makes no sense for only one side following the rules.
      Sooner or later someone has to be realistic, and that includes reverting policy back to becoming nuclear-armed because Budapest failed.

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      • Let’s be honest, the OSCE has been a big failure from the beginning. Having Russians in the OSCE, patrolling in a war they created is a joke.

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        • Absolutely. I would add NATO too. For a “Treaty Organization” they have done virtually nothing to enforce the treaties that Putler has broken.
          Why has Putler maintained 5 illegal occupations in Europe? So that Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine don’t join NATO. The simple and civilized response should be the accelerated acceptance of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine into NATO asap.

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          • Because of Moldova’s geographic position, it would be logistical feasible to support her. Ukraine’s position makes logistics very marginal, and Georgia’s impossible.

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            • Nevertheless, all three countries must be supported so they don’t slide back into the gulags. They have shown they lean west and it is NATO’s job to ensure civility which is something Moscow cannot provide. Besides that, other NATO countries are landlocked and have difficult geographical positions and its all been overcome.

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  • “Russia’s refusal to extend the OSCE mandate, Kiev said, was ‘evidence of its plans to continue and increase the supply of weapons, military equipment, ammunition, regular troops and mercenaries”’
    It most certainly might. Why else make this move?
    And, why doesn’t the OSCE make such a statement? Why doesn’t it make an alert or why doesn’t it warn the mafiosi? Why doesn’t the OSCE and its member countries take measures against this? Why is there an OSCE in the first place?

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