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Estonia condemns the attack against OSCE observers near Donetsk

27.11.2014

Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus condemned the attack that took place yesterday on November 26 in the Donetsk Oblast of Eastern Ukraine on a patrol consisting of three OSCE special mission observers.

Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus called on the parties to the conflict to take steps to prevent such incidents from reoccurring and stressed the need to thoroughly investigate the incident that occurred. "OSCE observers must be guaranteed security and freedom of movement, so that they can contribute to restoring peace and stability in Ukraine," Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus stressed the importance of the work of the OSCE special mission.

The OSCE special mission monitors the compliance with agreements concluded between both sides of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in September in Minsk. Unfortunately, the special mission has not been granted access to the Ukrainian-Russian border, due to the Russian-supported separatists, and this access is part of the agreements. "Russia must comply with what was agreed to in the Minsk Protocol and put an end to the destabilization of the situation in Eastern Ukraine," the Foreign Minister said.

On November 26, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)  special mission announced that their observers had been fired upon in Donetsk Oblast. None of the observers were injured in the attack. OSCE observers are on special missions throughout Ukraine, including Kherson, Odessa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Chernovtsy and Luhansk. Their mission is to contribute to maintaining peace, stability and security, and to ease tensions in Ukraine. The extent to which the agreements entered into by the parties in September are being followed is also being monitored. Five Estonian experts are currently taking part in the OSCE Special Mission in Ukraine.

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