Observers expand presence in Donbas for better security monitoring in conflict zone
OSCE expands its presence in eastern Ukraine. The organisation opens a new Forward Patrol base today, May 25 in a government-held town of Shchastia in the Luhansk region. Monitors say the base will help them observe and react to ceasefire violations faster.
"Alexander Hug, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) on 25 May will visit Stanytsia Luhanska with OSCE monitors to assess the general security situation in the region", OSCE says.
Forward Patrol bases are located close to the contact line. They usually accomodate a small amount of observers, rotated every week. OSCE already has 8 such bases in the conflict region. The last one was opened in another Ukraine-controlled town of Stanytsia Luhanska in January, 2016.
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The announcement arrived amid the negotiations about the deployment of armed OSCE mission in the conflict areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Earlier Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced, Normandy Four agreed to begin consultations on the matter.
On May 25 OSCE informed, the organisation provided its propositions on the safety measures during the potential local elections in Donbas.