OSCE Seeks End to War in Donbas
Some 30,000 people have died since the start of Russia's undeclared war in Eastern Ukraine
The international community must respond with new measures following Russia’s attack on the Ukrainian navy on Nov. 25 was the key message of Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the 25th OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.
“Declarations are not enough. There must be actions,” Klimkin said.
Thirty-thousand people have died in Donbas since the start of Russia’s undeclared war there. Furthermore, Russia has turned Crimea into a military base, Klimkin said.
“A growing militarization of the occupied peninsula undermines the stability of the broader Black Sea and Meditterenian regions,” he said.
Earlier during a meeting with Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Klimkin presented more evidence of Russia’s attack.
He urged delegates from 57 countries to ensure the OSCE has access to monitoring the situation in the Azov Sea.
“There is no urgent need to ensure international monitoring of the situation in the Azov Sea and the Kertch Strait. Russia must be taken into account for not letting the SMM to implement its mandate in full,” Klimkin said.
The United Kingdom’s delegation to the OSCE also highlighted Russia’s role in blocking the access of independent observers to occupied parts of Donbas.
Hundreds of OSCE observers are deployed daily to monitor the situation in Ukraine. There have been reports of those working near the front line or in occupied areas being shot at, blocked from doing their job and threatened. However, the mandate was not strengthened.
It is yet to be seen, whether the OSCE will offer a new framework to bring about lasting peace following Russia’s latest attack.