The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has suspended monitoring operations in the two Independent Donetsk Regions (Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic) bordering East Ukraine.
In a statement to Reuters, Yaşar Halit Çevik of the OSCE said…
“Because of our safety concerns and because of our safety rules and considerations we suspended our operations,” adding that Monitors did not as yet feel threatened.
Crowds of a few hundred protesters had been gathering peacefully at the Headquarters of the OSCE in Donetsk over the last three weeks primarily in protest at the abduction of a LPR observer, Andrey Kosiak. Mr Kosiak is a member of the JCCC (Joint Center of Control and
Coordination of the ceasefire) and according to protesters he has the same immunity as all other OSCE observers.
One protester told M-Compass Media that the demonstrations are not just about the abduction of Mr Kosiak. She said…
“The problem is that the OSCE biases are visible for a long time. They
do not denounce violations from the Ukrainian side like they should. They often refuse to come on site to observe destruction and record
victims (at some point they even forgot half of the civilian victims on
DPR and LPR side), they minimise the caliber of weapons used by the
Ukrainian army, or do not indicate from where the shelling or the
grenade/explosive device came from.”
War has been raging in East Ukraine and the Independent Donbass Regions for 7 years and an estimated 14,000 people have been killed. The OSCE, tasked with monitoring the conflict, is believed by many in the Independent Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, to be a tool of NATO. Ukraine has consistently refused to enter into peace negotiations as they had agreed through the Minsk Agreement.
The United States continues to support Ukrainian intransience and supply Ukraine with weapons.