The OSCE is planning to send more observers to Donbass and increase its geographical presence in the area, Ukrinform cites Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, as saying at a UN Security Council meeting. 

“We have increased the number of locations we are conducting our monitoring activities from. They are in the area controlled by the Ukrainian government. We now have 30 bases but there is a need to set up more, including in the area controlled by anti-government forces,” said Apakan.

According to Apakan, this is necessary to guarantee safety of the OSCE’s observers.

“We now have 700 observers from 47 countries monitoring the situation in the area. We are planning to increase their number both numerically and geographically,” said Apakan.

Ertugrul Apakan went on to say that the OSCE mission is gradually expanding its technological capabilities, including aerial and space surveillance, as well as other ways of monitoring the situation.