moscow - Russia has expressed its opposition to attempts to intimidate OSCE observers in Ukraine on Wednesday. According to the TASS press office, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the observers should work more closely with representatives of the pro-Russian insurgents.
'We condemn all attempts to threaten or intimidate the observers,' said senior diplomat Andrej Roedenko. He also called for no restriction on the freedom of movement of the international supervisors. Roedenko asked the OSCE to continue to be impartial and not manipulate data.
The United States warned last week that the observers were threatened and even shot by separatists. The US called on Moscow to invoke the Russian influence to 'put an end to this intimidation campaign. '
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe oversees Ukraine's compliance with the ceasefire. The agreement concluded in 2015 had to put an end to the violence between the separatists and the government army. Nevertheless, the battle has been repeated several times.