OSCE Plan a ‘Face Saving’ Cover for West’s Retreat on Ukraine, Russian Parliamentarians Say

Paul Goble, originally on Window on Eurasia

Staunton, May 15 – A survey of Russian parliamentarians present and past shows that they are nearly unanimous in believing that the OSCE proposal about Ukraine shows that “the West is retreating” from its earlier positions on the conflict there but wants to do so in a “face-saving way.”

As it often does on political questions, the Regions.ru news agency surveyed the opinion of parliamentarians about the latest OSCE proposal and the support it has received in particular from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The result provides some insights into how official Moscow actually views what is happening. Continue reading

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Russians responsible for hostage taking in Slovyansk, says SBU

A citizen of the Russian Federation is directing the hostage taking operation in Slovyansk, reports the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU).

In a statement released by the SBU Antiterrorist center on April 26, the SBU states that the holding of the official OSCE representatives as hostages in Slovyansk is a crime planned and executed under the direction of Russian citizen Igor Strelkov, who is the leader of Russian commandos in the city. The immediate perpetrators of this crime are saboteurs “Terets” and “Abver,” the statement says.

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OSCE military observers are not allowed in Crimea

Friday, March 7, 2014, 08:25

The mission of OSCE military observers is already at the entrance to Crimea, but so far they and cannot get to the peninsula. Interfax-Ukraine reports that this was announced by the Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s information department, Yevhen Perebyinis.

“They are now at the entrance to the Crimea; they were stopped by men in uniform. Now they are negotiating,” he said. Previously, the OSCE said they would send observers to the Crimean referendum if Ukraine requests.

It was reported that the OSCE verification mission will be present in Ukraine from March 5 to 12; it consists of 40 observers from 21 OSCE countries. According to the program for their trip, the mission will visit the military facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. Continue reading