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DPR says provocations against OSCE aimed at raising issue of peacekeepers in Donbas

August 12, 2015, 15:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshneko earlier once again called for the deployment of peacekeepers to the Donbas region
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OSCE observers in Ukraine (archive)

OSCE observers in Ukraine (archive)

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MOSCOW, August 12. /TASS/. Envoy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to the Minsk talks Denis Pushilin on Wednesday said that provocations against representatives of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine were designed to again raise the issue of the need to deploy peacekeepers to Donbas.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshneko earlier said in an interview with three European newspapers that "the OSCE mission is vitally important for us, but this is not enough," calling for the deployment of peacekeepers to the Donbas region.

"Now we see provocations against the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission - from arson attacks on vehicles to shelling the observers. And this has been confirmed today by the statements of [Ukrainian President] Petro Poroshenko, where he again suggests deploying peacekeepers [to the region]," Pushilin said.

"We do remember, however, the third point of the Package of Measures, which puts it bluntly that control and verification are laid upon the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. That is, we see the links in the chain - first there are arson attacks and artillery bombardments, bullying, in actual fact, and then an alternative is offered," he noted.

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