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OSCE spots mercenaries with Russia army insignia in occupied Donbas

Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug told a briefing in Kyiv on August 15 that the OSCE SMM observers had seen Russia's insignia in occupied Donbas in eastern Ukraine, according to Liga.net. 

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

Answering a journalist's question about the presence of Russian mercenaries in the occupied territory, Hug noted that the mission reported only what it recorded. And it saw the insignia of the Russian Federation and other states, Liga.net reports.

In his words, the observers talked with people, who said they were Russian military. Hug said that the SMM had seen separate units of weapons, as well as electronic warfare means. However, making conclusions did not refer to the mission's powers as its main goal is to record only obvious facts, he stressed.

Armed man at Stanytsia Luhanska bridge threatens to shoot OSCE SMM patrol membersHe also called unfounded the accusations that the OSCE observers do not notice many things.

Hug stressed that those who claim that the mission is blind should realize that it is not because the observers do not monitor the situation, but because they are not allowed to do that.

Answering the question about the role of the Russian part of the mission and whether it deserves trusting, Hug noted that the mission was open as for the publication of its qualitative and quantitative composition. The reports are written by more than one person and the patrols are always made up of representatives of different states. Furthermore, all patrol members draw up the reports, he added.

Tags: OSCE, observers, insignia, Donbas, Russia

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