Members of the OSCE mission are still in captivity in the Donbass

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 Members of the OSCE mission are still in captivity in Donbas

Acting Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Antje Grave condemned the persecution of local members of the Mission, in particular those deprived of their liberty in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This is stated in Grave's statement.

They performed their duties at the highest level of professionalism, devotion and impartiality, providing objective information that is extremely important for the security and humanitarian situation in Ukraine, the Acting Head of the OSCE SMM noted.

" I strongly condemn the unsubstantiated allegations and trumped-up charges against our local members of the Mission, and also demand the immediate dismissal of our staff imprisoned in non-government-controlled areas in Donetsk and Luhansk e",– she said.

She added that the OSCE has taken steps to engage all possible channels to enforce the privileges and immunities of current and former OSCE officials.

Recall their work in Ukraine The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission began in 2014. At the end of March, due to the position of the Russian Federation, the current mandate of the mission was not extended.

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