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The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the previous reporting period. The Mission observed damage caused by gunfire to civilian properties in residential areas of Sakhanka and Horlivka, where it also followed up on reports of a civilian casualty.
Following an invitation from the government of Azerbaijan to observe the April 11 presidential election, and based on the findings of a Needs Assessment Mission conducted from February 21 to 22, the OSCE (ODIHR) established an Election Observation Mission (EOM) on March 9, the report, published on ...

Monitors from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have spotted 15 howitzers in non-government-controlled areas in violation of the Minsk agreements. Read alsoOSCE reports 330 explosions in Donetsk region within 24 hours. "The SMM continued to monitor the withdrawal of weapons ...
"In light of the March 26 events in northern Kosovo and subsequent developments, the OSCE chairmanship-in-office and the OSCE secretary general call on all sides to refrain from provocations and reengage in constructive dialogue," Alfano and Greminger are quoted as stating in a press release.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will have talks with the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [OSCE], Thomas Greminger, during which they will discuss European security issues and ways to improve the effectiveness of this organization, TASS reported ...
MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has offered no reaction after Kiev hindered access to polling stations in Ukraine for Russian nationals, Russia's Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ...

"In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 330 explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours (about 220 explosions)," the monitors said in an update covering the period between 19:30 on March 25 and 19:30 on March 26, which was posted on the OSCE's website.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) said in a statement that it will officially relaunch its drone surveillance program on March 28, near the government-controlled eastern Ukrainian city of Kostiantynivka, according to RFE/RL.
He will assess the security situation along the contact line and its impact on civilians, and engage with communities on the ground," according to the OSCE's website. As UNIAN reported earlier, the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for the settlement of the situation in Donbas on March 26 agreed on a ...
Official Russian media presented the official OSCE report on the March 18 Russian presidential elections in a distorted and manipulative manner, omitting many of the details of the report and claiming that the observation mission recognized the election as democratic and transparent. OSCE recognizes ...
Apakan also stressed that the consensus decision of the OSCE's 57 participating States “constitutes both a continued commitment to the people of Ukraine and an endorsement of the Mission”. As Ukrinform earlier reported, on March 22, a mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine was ...
This is stated in the OSCE SMM's report of March 21. The OSCE SMM continues to monitor the situation in Uzhhorod with the help of patrol officers from Ivano-Frankivsk. After the incident that occurred earlier in the office of the Zakarpattia Hungarian Union, the situation in Zakarpattia region is calm, the ...
Earlier, in February 2018, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine Alexander Hug said that the OSCE SMM was determined to continue fulfilling its mandate and to promote the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Since the beginning of the mission in 2014 its mandate had been ...
VIENNA, March 19. /TASS/. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) has expressed concern over blocking Russians' access to voting in Russia's diplomatic missions in Ukraine and called on Kiev's Permanent Representative to the OSCE Igor ...
Russian envoy to the OSCE, Alexander Lukashevich, says Ukraine's move restricting access of Russian citizens to the premises of diplomatic missions during Russian presidential election is a "clear interference into Russian internal affairs". The Russian delegation on Twitter wrote that Lukashevich had ...
Then the head of the Hungarian Culture Association in Zakarpattya, MP Vasyl Brenzovych (BPP) head a meeting with Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto where the need for the OSCE mission deployment was also on the agenda. It was a few days later when Szijjarto himself claimed he had talked to ...
MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The special envoy of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office in charge of supervising the talks on peace settlement the armed civil conflict in eastern Ukraine, Martin Sajdik, has expressed the hope the conflict will be settled before the yearend. "If I didn't have a hope for the solution of ...

A two-week training course on first aid and evacuation of wounded started on 5 March 2018 in Dushanbe. The course is organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe as part of its programme on the disposal of explosive ordnance. Seventeen medical doctors from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and ...
Nilza Sena has been nominated by the PA President to be the Special Co-ordinator for the OSCE short-term observer team to the early presidential election in Azerbaijan on 11 April. She is meeting in Baku with a range of election stakeholders, as well as the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission in ...
Azerbaijan has breached its obligations to the OSCE without informing other member-countries on the drill, spokesman for the Armenian foreign ministry Tigran Balayan has written in his Twitter account. “Azerbaijan has launched the drill beginning with a blatant disregard of its commitment to the OSCE: it ...
Ukrinform learnt this from the press service of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. "In accordance with its mandate and in response to recent events in and around Uzhhorod, the OSCE SMM has strengthened its monitoring in this area," the organization said. The OSCE SMM states that it has publicly ...
Hug noted that the OSCE SMM had been operating in Ukraine since March 2013 in 10 cities. Its observation posts monitoring the situation in western Ukraine are located in Lviv, Chernivtsi, and Kyiv. According to earlier reports, on March 10, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that the OSCE ...
"We've learnt about the alleged opening of an OSCE permanent mission in Zakarpattia from media reports," he said. He also said that apparently, no consent is required, but the OSCE had to notify the local authorities about this. The nearest office of the OSCE mission is located in Ivano-Frankivsk, some ...
"The OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), which emerged as a result of the Helsinki Process, is the largest security organisation in the Northern Hemisphere and a true pan-European one. In recent years, the OSCE member countries have been facing multiple crises. The Ukrainian ...
OSCE will continue to support the work of the Minsk Group co-chairs for the final settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said at the UN Security Council meeting in New York on March 8. The organization is ...
"MoD Russia: Please instruct the fighters you control in eastern Ukraine to end violent intimidation of OSCE SMM international monitors," she wrote on Twitter on March 8, 2018. As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 5, the OSCE monitors saw a man kneel down and point his rifle at their patrol vehicle.
“A long term mission will arrive in Azerbaijan next week, which will include representatives of 19 different OSCE member countries,” she said, adding. “A short-term mission will arrive in Azerbaijan a few days prior to the election day and will observe the voting process. The mission will continue working until ...
UN, March 9. /TASS/. Russia and Ukraine realize the need to deploy a UN mission in eastern Ukraine, Italian foreign minister and OSCE chairperson-in-office Angelino Alfano told the UN Security Council on Thursday. In his report to the council, Alfano said the future mission should coordinate its actions ...
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) to Ukraine has recorded 79 explosions in Donbas between 19.30 on March 5 and 19.30 on March 6, according to the organization's report for March 7. "In Donetsk region, the SMM recorded about the same number of ceasefire violations, including, ...
With reference to the allegations surfaced in the Armenian media claiming that at the initiative of the agents of the unlawful separatist regime established in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan a so-called "statement" was disseminated as an "official document" in the Organisation for Security and ...
According to the statement released by the Hungarian Culture Association, cited by Zakarpattia online news portal, the Association welcomes the 'OSCE proposal' to set up a special monitoring mission in Zakarpattia region, calling it an "extremely necessary initiative" given the recent developments.
The United States (US) mission to OSCE has issued a statement on the death of Georgian man Archil Tatunashvili and detention of two others in Georgia's Russian occupied region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia). Expressing condolences to Tatunashvili's family the US called for the immediate return of his ...
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will send an observation mission to the presidential elections in Azerbaijan, said on the website of the organization. "Following an official invitation to observe the early presidential election in the Republic of Azerbaijan, scheduled for ...
KYIV, 2 March 2018 - Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, today welcomed the recommitment to the ceasefire made by the Trilateral Contact Group and other signatories of the Minsk agreements. The recommitment, made in Minsk on 28 February, ...
"Near Amvrosiyivka (non-government controlled, 56km south-east of Donetsk), the SMM saw a white minivan with 'DPR' plates displaying a sign saying 'Cargo 200' in Russian behind its windshield, traveling south-east on road T0507," the OSCE SMM said in an update on March 1 based on information ...
Alexander Hug, the deputy head of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine, speaks during his press-conference in Kiev on April 23, 2017.The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said Sunday one of its US monitors in Ukraine died after a patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the ...
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) have been coming under small-arms fire in the Donbas conflict area ... An UAV of SMM monitors came under fire last Monday, and this is the fifth consecutive week OSCE SMM drones have been coming under small-arm fire, ...
UN supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. He made the remark during his meeting with the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN on February 27. “The UN Secretary ...
Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Ambassador Martin Sajdik has said one of the major objectives of the TCG and its Working Groups is to ensure security and decent living conditions for civilians in the east of Ukraine.
MINSK, February 28. /TASS/. No decision has been made about "an absolute ceasefire" in Donbass starting on March 5, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine, Ambassador Martin Sajdik said on Wednesday. "There has been no decision on 'an absolute ceasefire,' but we ...
Monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine have reported 143 explosions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions from 19:30 local time ... the SMM recorded more ceasefire violations, including about 125 explosions, compared with the previous 24 hours (65 explosions)," the OSCE SMM ...
RIGA – At the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Latvian representative Edvins Snore (National Alliance) rejected criticism voiced by the Russian delegation on Latvia's gradual transition to Latvian as the sole language of instruction ...
The logo of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is seen on a car on July 28, 2014 in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. ... In particular, on February 22, OSCE SMM observers spotted 36 T-64 tanks in the settlement of Kruhlyk and five D-30 howitzers near the settlement of Yasne,” the ...
FILE PHOTO - Thomas Greminger, the secretary general of the OSCE, attends a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia ... Thomas Greminger, who took over as secretary general of the OSCE in July, told Reuters he hoped a planned meeting by top officials from Germany, ...
The U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued a harshly worded statement accusing Russia of "ongoing violations of international law" in Ukraine. The statement posted on February 1 said Moscow's "aggression" in eastern Ukraine has resulted in "the ...
"Journalists are not part to conflict between the states," he said, adding that the commitments of OSCE participating states regarding journalists are not suspended if there is a conflict. "It is necessary to encourage in any situation with the objective to promote peace, security and cooperation, the work of the ...
Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will meet with Italian Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Angelino Alfano as part of the 54th Munich Security Conference, Italian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Augusto Massari said on Friday, APA reports. Azerbaijan and Italy enjoy strong political ...
VIENNA, February 16. /TASS/. Kosovo Albanians are trying to impose an economic blockade of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo, Russia's OSCE envoy, Alexander Lukashevich, said on Thursday. "The Serbian Orthodox Church still faces mistreatment. Kosovo ...
Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine Alexander Hug said this during a briefing at the SMM office in Severodonetsk. "In 2017, the OSCE SMM recorded at least 401,000 ceasefire violations. We also recorded more than 4,000 instances of weapon violations along withdrawal lines.
FILE PHOTO - Thomas Greminger, the secretary general of the OSCE, attends a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia ... Thomas Greminger, who took over as secretary general of the OSCE in July, told Reuters he hoped a planned meeting by top officials from Germany, ...


 

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