16:49 Jun. 17, 2016
Russian President says he supports the idea of armed OSCE monitors
Vladimir Putin said on June 17, he supported the expansion of the OSCE mission to eastern Ukraine. Russian President stated the changes to the current mandate should be done in parallel with the political negotiations on the conflict resolution.
"I agree with Petro Poroshenko that the OSCE mission should be enhanced, up to allowing them to carry weapons", Putin said, according to Russian news agency TASS.
At the same time the Russian President couldn't pass up an opportunity to blame Ukraine for the absence of the progress in the Minsk implementation. He accused Ukraine of stalling and avoiding its responsibility for the agreements.
"How can we talk about any elections, when the anti-terror mission is going on? Key conditions of the Minsk agreements haven't been fulfilled. Where are the changes in (Ukraine's) Constitution? The special status for Donbas was approved by the Parliament, but still hasn't come into force?", Putin wondered.
Earlier President Poroshenko said, elections in Donbas would only be possible after three months of complete ceasefire. However, there wasn't a single day a shot wasn't fired in the conflict zone.
On June 17 Ukraine announced, a new deescalation plan was approved in Minsk. According to Kyiv, it could be an important step towards decreasing the violence.