From September 17, 2019 January 28, 2020 through the Russian checkpoints “Gukovo” and “Donetsk”, where the presence of OSCE observers to the occupied territory of Donbass, it was 341 people in uniform.
This was stated by the permanent representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Eugene Tsymbalyuk at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, reports the correspondent of UKRINFORM.
“Despite the limited mandate, small size and significant constraints, the mission continues to provide useful information, showing Russia’s support for its armed forces in the Donbas. During the reporting period, there were 341 border crossing by people in military uniform from the Russian Federation to Ukraine and back,” – said Tsymbalyuk in response to the report of the head of the OSCE observer mission at two Russian checkpoints of Derda Varga.
In addition, observers recorded 29 ambulances and eight cars of funeral services, which were crossing the uncontrolled government of the Ukraine border in both directions – including vehicle with Russian license plates and a sign “Cargo-200”. Also during this period to Donbass there arrived 12 so-called “humanitarian convoy” sent by Russia in violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
“I remind you that these data were collected from only two checkpoints on a shared plot in 409 km of the Ukrainian-Russian state border, which is now controlled on both sides by the Russian authorities. That is why the Russian Federation, one of the 57 countries participating in the OSCE, agrees with 2014 against extending the geographical coverage of the mission,” – said Tsymbalyuk.
He stressed that in combination with the findings of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine in the temporarily occupied areas of Donbass, the conclusions of observers at two Russian checkpoints “indicate a military invasion of the Russian Federation on the sovereign territory of Ukraine”.
Tsymbalyuk separately pointed to the fact that Russia prevents the OSCE representatives at the checkpoints “Gukovo” and “Donetsk” to use any observation tools including binoculars and drones. And also “recommends” not to talk to people crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border.
As reported, the OSCE observer mission at the Russian checkpoints “Gukovo” and “Donetsk” is separate from the SMM OSCE in Ukraine observation mission. It performs its activities on 29 July 2014 in accordance with the decision of the OSCE Permanent Council, reporting on the situation on these two points and the cross-border movement.
The mission, consisting of two dozen people located only in a small section of the Ukrainian-Russian state border, km 409 which is now on both sides is controlled by Russia.
Ukraine, US, EU stand for the extension of the mandate of the OSCE mission to all the checkpoints along the temporarily occupied land borders, as well as improved its technical security means. However, this is blocked by Russia, which uses the principle of consensus in the OSCE.