The US representative to the OSCE Daniel Bayer
The United States is seriously concerned about the recent deterioration of the situation in the East of Ukraine. This was stated by the US representative to the OSCE Daniel Baer at the meeting of the permanent Council of the organization, Recalling the failure of the agreements on cease-fire from 1 September this year. In particular, according to Bayer, the artillery in the conflict zone was used twice as often compared to a week earlier, reaching the level of the previous year, according to a statement on the OSCE website.
Ukrainian military, according to Bayer, reported “heavy fire “Grad”. According to the American representative, since October 11, the fighting started near Mariupol, the ceasefire violations increased in nine times. In most of these cases the monitoring mission of the OSCE recorded that first started the fire “militias supported by Russia”.
The American representative in this case argues that the monitoring mission continues to record evidence that “Russia sends military and military equipment to Ukraine”. In particular, according to a statement from Bayer, 17 Oct observers “found a van with military license plates, which was carrying men in camouflage uniforms” from the territory of Russia controlled by the self-proclaimed republics territory. In addition, according to Baer, last week was spotted the bus, which was carrying 20 people in camouflage in the opposite direction — from the territory of the militia in Russia.
This suggests that Russia “continues to actively support” the militia in the East of Ukraine, said the representative of the United States.
Moscow has repeatedly denied the statement about the possible involvement of Russian military in the conflict in the Donbas and the transfer of technology, calling the events in Eastern Ukraine internal conflict. The Russian government admitted that the fighting could participate volunteers from Russia.
As stated at the meeting of the OSCE permanent Council, the American representative. “Russia can and do easily smuggle weapons, fuel and ammunition across the border under cover of darkness [at night], using the absence [on the border] OSCE observers”.
Russia continues to hide its actions from the international community, concluded Bayer, Recalling that last week Moscow once again rejected proposals to extend the observation to all nine border crossings from Russia to territory controlled by the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.
Last week, 19 October, in Berlin hosted a meeting of leaders “Norman Quartet”, the results of which the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced that Russia had agreed to the arming of the OSCE mission in Donbass. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov confirmed this information.
“The first mission is a police mission of the OSCE, the OSCE mission, it can be called whatever you like, in General, the location of such a mission; indeed Putin agreed during negotiations. And there is a common understanding, and in this situation, Vladimir Putin spoke of the need to use the current German presidency in the OSCE to enhance its work on this issue”, — said Peskov.
The question of the armament of the OSCE mission was never solved. RBC sources and a source close to the negotiations, after the Berlin meeting noted that the issue will be difficult to solve.
Yesterday, speaking at the plenary session of the International discussion club “Valdai”, President Vladimir Putin spoke about the arming of the OSCE mission. “I will tell you my position on this issue: the President Poroshenko took the initiative so-called police mission during the future elections in Donbass — Donetsk and Lugansk, and I’m the only one who supported him”, — said Putin.
Other participants in the process, said the head of state, mind, as the OSCE “never did nothing of the sort, she has no such experience and no people, no practice of any police missions”. According to him, in Moscow the offer Poroshenko not believe police mission, and the ability for people organizing elections in the Donbass, to be present at sites with a service weapon.