The OSCE reports it has never met the fighters who showed such a disregard for international observers. Mediators are captured, their drones fall under artillery attacks, the requirements are not fulfilled.
Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the UN, continues to report full support of the OSCE Mission, but in reality the Kremlin does not even try to rein their insurgents, says Secretary General Lamberto Zannier. And there is no doubt that Moscow supports them.
The OSCE says that the request of Ukraine on introduction of peacekeeping forces is unlikely to be granted. And the reason is the Kremlin's outside desire to help the OSCE. It will be difficult for the parties to agree on whose troops will have to maintain peace in the Donbas.
The OSCE Mission, whose term expires in March, could be extended for another year, said Zannier, but it needs better support in order to carry out surveillance more effectively.