The OSCE mission, despite constant difficulties with the Russian side, have recorded cases of transporting troops and weapons from Russia into the occupied territory of Donbass.
This was stated at a meeting of the OSCE Council in Vienna, the U.S. representative to the organization Ambassador Daniel Baier, reports «UKRINFORM».
«Despite the restrictions imposed by the United separatist forces, the SMM continued to document evidence that Russia sends its forces and military equipment to Ukraine», — said the American diplomat.
So, according to him, October 17, observers have noticed a van with military license plates, which was carrying men in camouflage uniforms from the border with Russia in separatist-controlled area in Ukraine.
The car did not cross the border at official crossing point, said Bayer.
In addition, last week, OSCE observers have noticed a bus carrying about 20 people in camouflage uniforms back to Russia.
«Together with the strengthening of the ban (OSCE), the evidence suggest continued active support of the United Russia separatist forces in Ukraine», — said U.S. representative to the OSCE.
In this regard, he stressed that Russia continues to hide its activity in the Donbas from the international community.
«Just last week Russia has again rejected proposals for the expansion of the area of operations of SMM to cover all nine border crossings from Russia in regions of Ukraine controlled by the separatists», — he said.
As a result, SMM is functionally limited to the monitoring of the two border crossings within one or two hours a day.
«Russia has the opportunity and uses them to easily move weapons, fuel and ammunition across the border, under the cover of darkness and the absence of OSCE observers,» — said the representative of the United States.
The OSCE mission observes two non-government-controlled checkpoints between our country and Russia — in Donetsk (RF) and Gukovo.
According to their weekly reports, the number of people in uniform who crossed the border during the week of 18-25 October, is 102: 53 in Russia, 49 in Ukraine. Last week, the number of people in camouflage was 154.
In addition, in recent weeks increased the number of trains moving from Russia to the occupied territories.
As reported, on 12 October, foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine has agreed with the OSCE plan, the organization will take control of the border with Russia in the Donbass.
Note that with the restoration of rail traffic, RF moving equipment and ammunition trains.
The OSCE has documented how Russia is moving military and weapons to Ukraine in the Donbass 28.10.2016