OSCE cannot get close to border - Deputy Chief Monitor

The OSCE SMM monitors in the ATO area continue facing movement restrictions, and still do not have access to a significant part of the Ukrainian-Russian border.

Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine Alexander Hug said this at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

"At a time when all the parties say that the SMM enjoys freedom of movement, monitoring and preparation of reports, according to the mandate, the reality tells a different story. We still face the daily problems while passing through checkpoints on both sides, resulting in regular delays or even a denial of access," Hug said.

As an example, he cited a case where the militants had not allowed observers to get to Debaltseve on Monday and banned the access to the storage of heavy weapons.

"We still do not have access to a large area of the Ukraine-Russia international border, in particular, in Luhansk region," Hug said.

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