OSCE Monitoring Group's Deputy Chief Hug to visit Donbass

Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, will be on a visit to Donbass from 26 to 31 March, the organization's press service said on Monday, March 25.

The Mission's Principal Deputy Chief Monitor will assess the security situation on the contact line and the impact it exerts on civilians' lives.

"In the course of his visit, Hug will join OSCE observers patrolling the facilities along the contact line, and hold a press conference at an event dedicated to the OSCE SMM’s resuming the use of long-range unmanned aerial vehicles," the organization said.

In April 2014, the authorities of Ukraine launched a military operation against the DPR and LPR, which had declared independence after the coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, more than 10,000 people became victims of the conflict.

The settlement of the situation in Donbass is being negotiated, including during the meetings of the Contact Group in Minsk, which has already adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict since September, 2014. However, Ukrainian bombardments continue after the armistice agreements are passed.

DONi News Agency