Special Monitoring Mission claims it ‘regrets the incident'
OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine has reacted to another scandal involving its employees.
On April 7, Luhansk journalist Yevhen Spirin published a photo which shows OSCE monitors as part of a of wedding party of a local militant's daughter.
Spirin says he feels indignant, that employees of a supposedly independent mission are hugging local bandits and cheering about their lavish wedding.
"It would be a regular separatist wedding with a limousine snatched away from somebody, restaurant, thugs in military uniform and toothless drunks, but there's one detail – OSCE representatives at the party," Spirin writes on his social media page.
"On April 6, 2014, my city was handed over to drunks who captured the SBU [State Security Service] staff office with arms. Two million of displaced people, 7000 dead, more than 15 thousand wounded and disabled. Ruined families, killed children, abandoned towns and villages. And I want to ask the independent OSCE mission? This s**t tramples my lawns, kills my neighbours and I have to read their reports?" the journalist rants in his emotional publication.
In response to social media posting, the OSCE SMM said it regrets the incident:
"Even though the monitors did not attend the wedding as such, the photo clearly shows misjudgement on their part. These monitors are no longer with the Mission," press statement reads.
The SMM added it "ensures rigorously that its monitors abide by the code of conduct, which stipulates inter alia impartiality and objectiveness."