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OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMMU)


On 21 March 2014, the OSCE decided to deploy a Monitoring Mission of 100 civilian observers to Ukraine. Now the number has increased to about 160.

Why is the OSCE sending a Monitoring Mission to Ukraine?
Developments in Ukraine since November 2013 have resulted in deep splits between different parts of Ukraine’s society along ethnic, linguistic and political lines. Peace and stability in the country are fragile. Participating States of
the OSCE, the largest regional security organization, decided to assist and support Ukraine.

Who decided to send the Monitoring Mission to Ukraine?
The Mission is being deployed following a request to the OSCE by Ukraine’s government and a consensus agreement by all 57 OSCE’s participating States.

What are the aims of the Monitoring Mission?
The monitors are to contribute to reducing tensions and fostering peace, stability and security. They also help to monitor and support the implementation of all OSCE principles and commitments.

What does the Mission do?
The Mission engages with authorities at all levels, civil society, ethnic and religious groups and local communities to facilitate dialogue on the ground to reduce tensions. The Mission gathers information and reports on the security
situation, establish and report facts in response to specific incidents, including those concerning alleged violations of fundamental OSCE principles.

Where does the Mission work?

The Mission’s Head Office is in Kyiv. In addition to those working in Kyiv, the monitors have been initially deployed in teams of ten to Kherson, Odessa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, Luhansk. The mandate of the Mission covers the entire territory of Ukraine. Any change in deployment shall be subject to a decision of the Permanent Council.

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