: Poroshenko announces arrival of armed OSCE patrols in Donbas

13:52 Apr. 23, 2016

Poroshenko announces arrival of armed OSCE patrols in Donbas

OSCE in Ukraine (Unian photo)

Ukraine's President says police mission will "control Russia's withdrawal from occupied territories"

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expects the arrival of the armed OSCE patrols in Donbas in the nearest future.

The police mission is expected to prevent the ceasefire violations and monitor the Ukrainian-Russian border controlled by the separatists. This is according to a statement made by the President on April 22.

"My negotiations have brought results. I expect the arrival of the armed OSCE police forces in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the short term", said Poroshenko.

Read also: Elections in Donbas: Two years of negotiations bring no progress

According to the President, the police mission will ensure the withdrawal of the Russian army from the conflict region. This will allow for political resolution of the crisis.

Earlier Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin claimed local elections in Donbas were impossible without the presence of the armed OSCE patrols.

"Otherwise, any provocation against the observers will cease the pre-election process", Klimkin added. Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted to this statement. He said he supported this proposal



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