“Russia and its proxies continue to put the lives of innocent civilians at risk. The SMM regularly documents damage to the communities under the control of Russia-led forces, and last week was no exception. Russia’s positioning of forces and firing of weapons close to homes, schools, and businesses unnecessarily endangers the lives of residents,” Chargé D’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to OSCE Gregory Macris said during the OSCE Permanent Council meeting on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports from Vienna.
The United States calls for the immediate removal of proscribed weapons in compliance with the Minsk agreements, the diplomat reminded.
Macris added that civilians should not have to face these threats, yet Russia appears determined to continue the destruction that it initiated and propagated for over five years.
“Russia wants to blind the SMM – and therefore all OSCE participating States – in order to mask its direct involvement in the conflict; involvement that includes arming, training, leading, and fighting alongside forces in eastern Ukraine,” Chargé D’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE stressed.
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