OSCE statement: OSCE warns about a possible attack on Mariupol

11:40 Nov. 18, 2016

OSCE warns about a possible attack on Mariupol

OSCE observers in the ATO zone. September, 2016 (UNIAN Photo)

The US Ambassador to the OSCE calls upon Russian-backed militants to grant access to the Mariupol sector for the mission's observers

The US Ambassador to the OSCE Daniel Baer has mentioned a probable offensive operation by Russian-backed separatist forces against Mariupol and its suburbs.

He delivered that statement during the OSCE permanent council in Vienna.

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"We are seriously concerned because combined Russian-backed separatist forces have been amplifying their capabilities around the Mariupol area", Baer said.

The Ambassador informed that Russian-backed militants blocked observers of the OSCE monitoring mission who wanted to visit two areas located to the north-eastern part of Mariupol on November 14.

"Taking into account that the SMM has noticed the connection between a limited access and cease-fire violations, we are deeply concerned that Russian-backed separatist forces are planning more attacks on Mariupol and its suburbs", Baer explained.

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"We call upon Russia and separatists supported by it to grant to the observers a full and immediate access to areas near Mariupol as well as to withdraw its armaments", Baer continued. 

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