OSCE observers stop monitoring Luhansk due to security situation
A group of observers of the OSCE special monitoring mission has stopped monitoring Luhansk due to the security situation in the city, according to the latest report of the mission published on the OSCE Web site.
"In Luhansk the situation remained tense. Due to security measures the special monitoring mission did not monitor its area of responsibility," reads the report.
With regard to Donetsk, the report notes that in this city there was no substantial change to the security situation.
"The SMM gathered further information on the situation in Sloviansk through telephone calls with regular interlocutors in the town, interviews with returning journalists and an examination of their recent photographs," reads the report.
Earlier, the OSCE stated that the special monitoring mission would continue its work in Ukraine, but regroup its observers in the eastern regions due to the security situation.
Two groups of the mission that monitored the situation in the eastern regions are currently in captivity. The first group of OSCE observers, composed of four people - citizens of Switzerland, Estonia, Turkey and Denmark - disappeared in Donetsk region late on May 26. The second group, also composed of four people, did not get into contact late on May 29 at a checkpoint near Severodonetsk, Luhansk region.