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Lukashevich praised the work of the SMM OSCE in the Donbass

Tensions around the work of the Special monitoring mission of the OSCE in Ukraine may affect its ability to realistic analysis said on Thursday Russia's permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich.

"We are very concerned about creating tension around the work of SMM. Its employees continue to work bravely in difficult conditions. The twenty-ninth of may a hundred meters from the patrol mission, follow through with the militia checkpoint in the Youth, there was an explosion, observers felt the shock wave. A nearby militia were also forced to seek shelter. At the same time note with regret that the mission did not find the courage to publicly provide information about the nature of this incident that was clearly mortar fire from positions of the Ukrainian military," - said Lukashevich on the online meeting of the OSCE permanent Council.

"In these circumstances, there are growing concerns that the SMM is in danger of losing "taste" and the ability to a realistic analysis, which could significantly devalue the performance of its work. Necessary in accordance with the mandate to establish, clarify and make public the facts and particular circumstances of the incident. In addition, the challenges associated with the epidemic COVID-19, highlighted the lack of institutional resource SMM is required to maintain a field monitoring at the appropriate level", - added the Ambassador.

According to him, these vulnerabilities could allow opponents of the settlement of the conflict in the East of Ukraine not only more confident to work towards the disruption of the Minsk process, but even to speculate on the appropriateness of the SMM in its current settings and move to using other tools.

"The implementation of such plans not only would lead to a rapid failure of the settlement, but would cause irreparable damage to the credibility of the OSCE. In threat analysis activities of the SMM strongly recommend to look at the situation and, from this angle of view. We expect that the mission will be able to overcome the difficulties", - said Lukashevich.