The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns
provocations, regularly carried out by Russia and its militants against
monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine for the
purpose of making its effective activities impossible.
The thematic report of the SMM “Restrictions to SMM’s
freedom of movement and other impediments to fulfilment of its mandate” of
August 23, 2016, covering the period of January - June 2016, confirmed yet
again unwillingness of Kremlin and its proxies to comply with the Minsk
Agreements and facilitate de-escalation of the situation on the temporarily
occupied territories of Donbas.
According to the report, almost all restrictions to the
SMM’s freedom of movement occurred in the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk
regions not controlled by the Government of Ukraine.
We urge Russia and Russia-supported militants to halt
barefaced attempts to intimidate OSCE monitors, ensuring instead for the OSCE
SMM secure and unhampered access to the whole temporarily occupied territory of
the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including the section of the
Ukrainian-Russian border not controlled by Ukraine.