Ukraine: Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Missions to Ukraine; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The UK is a long-standing supporter of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine. The UK contingent is the second largest in the Mission; we are one of the largest contributors to its budget, and have provided specialist training and support. We receive regular reports from the OSCE on the SMM's work. These highlight a worrying level of ongoing ceasefire violations in the Donbas, which continue to cause casualties on a daily basis. They also show persistent obstruction of monitors, in the vast majority of cases by Russian-backed separatists. SMM public reports can be found on the OSCE website.

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