OSCE reps held hostage in occupied Donbas, says SMM chief Grawe

26 July, 01:46 PM
The acting head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Antje Grawe calls for the hostage OSCE release (Photo:OSCE)

The acting head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Antje Grawe calls for the hostage OSCE release (Photo:OSCE)

The acting head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Antje Grawe, has said that the Donbas Russian puppet authorities are holding representatives of the mission captive, according to the Ukrainian media outlet, European Pravda, on July 25.

"I strongly condemn the baseless claims and fabricated accusations against our local members of the Mission, and I demand the immediate release of our staff detained in non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk," Grawe stated.

She noted that the OSCE tried to "engage every opportunity" to ensure that the privileges and immunities of current and former OSCE officials are respected.

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The Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ceased its operations in Ukraine at the beginning of March after shelling in Mariupol.

It had previously tracked ceasefire violations and heavy weapons movements in the Donbas, prior to the full-scale invasion.

At the end of June, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called for the suspension of Russia's mandate in the OSCE amid ongoing territorial grabs and attacks on Ukrainian cities.

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