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OSCE monitors visit Slavyansk, expected to submit report

Published time: April 13, 2014 18:03
People watch arned men near a regional police building seized by armed separatists in Slavyansk on April 13, 2014 (AFP Photo / Anatoly Stepanov)

People watch arned men near a regional police building seized by armed separatists in Slavyansk on April 13, 2014 (AFP Photo / Anatoly Stepanov)

OSCE monitors have visited the besieged city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev announced an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-federalization protesters, “to collect information” as the situation is feared to turn violent.

“Representatives of a special monitoring mission of international observers, which operate in Donetsk, visited Slavyansk to collect information,” OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine Andrey Dziubenko has told RIA Novosti news agency.

International experts came from Donetsk to Slavyansk for a short visit. They left the city few hours after arriving.

Upon arrival their car was surrounded by protesters, who were shouting that they want to show European monitors what is really happening in Slavyansk and blamed European media for reporting an inaccurate picture. They first offered to take them behind the barricades, but then negotiated and refused to do so, local news website reported.

The mission that consists of civilian monitors will submit a report on their findings to the OSCE headquarters Vienna.

“Every day all groups of the monitoring mission send reports on the situation in the regions they work to OSCE. They send data on all regions. It will also cover the information about Slavyansk,” Dziubenko said.

Pro-Russia activists warm themselves near a barricade outside a regional police building seized by armed separatists in Slavyansk on April 13, 2014 (AFP Photo / Genya Savilov)

On Sunday, gunfire broke out in Slavyansk with casualties being reported on both sides. One man has been confirmed dead near the hospital. His identity has not been made public. Unconfirmed reports in Ukrainian media speculated that the man could be a journalist. Two protesters were also said to have been injured. New authorities in Kiev also said one security officer was killed in the siege.

A local man also told RT that Right Sector members, as he assumes, were shooting at him and other people as they were heading to Slavyansk to deliver humanitarian aid.

“We [two cars] were heading from Donetsk to Slavyansk to deliver humanitarian aid: food, medicine, warm clothes. On the way a pick-up truck was going on us. They started shooting. One [of our cars] took to the left. Another car turned around to go back. Three people were injured. One seriously,” Sergey Karpachev has said.

Three teams of OSCE monitors, involving 103 people from 39 participating States, have been working in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv since the end of March. Their deployment for an initial period of six months was approved on March, 21.

While the mission’s mandate covers the whole territory of Ukraine, monitors have initially been deployed to Kherson, Odessa, Lvov, Kharkov, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Lugansk and Kiev.

Comments (51)


Svetlana 17.04.2014 05:39

I am hoping that this game of thrones in Ukraine will not bring to millitary intervention, and people will not be slaughtered. Sending millitary against own people is not is not a solution.


Svetlana 17.04.2014 05:34

Last thing. Do uoy guys remember that Ukraine had pro Western government befor Yanukovich. Or you all forgot about this fact. Did people lived better at that time? NO, level of living was going down because the same wealthy were stealing more and more. Government was corrupt as much as it was corrupt before or after. Just different government. Different faces. The same as this new governement is already corrupted. Remember, they have to pay their debt, so they will have to dance under their master's fife.


Svetlana 17.04.2014 05:28

Yulia Timoshenko, Poroshenko and all other millioneers and billioneers who say that the care about Ukraine so much should pull half of the money they have and start building Ukrainian Economy back. Do I understand it right? yes, if I care so much, I will pay. Plus, they stole these money from Ukranian people anyway. Ohh, no, we do not want to pay.

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