In response to the
request of the Government of Ukraine dated February 18, 2016, the OSCE
Permanent Council approved a decision on Extension
of the mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine for the next period of twelve
months up to March 31, 2017, which is spread through the entire territory of
Ukraine in the framework of the internationally recognized borders, including the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.
In this connection
the Delegation of Ukraine has made an interpretative statement.
In the statement Ukraine expresses its gratitude to the OSCE participating
States for supporting the request of the Government of Ukraine to extend the
mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. “The Government of Ukraine
regards the adoption of this decision as the expression of continued readiness
of the Organization to assist the country in countering the severe consequences
of the aggression pursued by the Russian Federation against Ukraine in breach
of imperative norms of international law, the Helsinki Final Act, bilateral and
multilateral agreements, which guarantee Ukraine’s territorial integrity,
inviolability of borders and non-intervention in internal affairs of Ukraine”,
reads the statement.