Ukrainian president, OSCE secretary general discuss approaches to UN peacekeepers' deployment across occupied Donbas
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and newly appointed OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger met in Kyiv on Wednesday to discuss an initiative to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas.
"The sides have synchronized approaches to the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission throughout the occupied Donbas. Petro Poroshenko noted the importance of establishing an intensive dialogue between the OSCE and the UN in this matter," the Ukrainian president's press service announced after the meeting.
Poroshenko and Greminger also discussed the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's (SMM) activity and the need to bolster the mission's field work. Poroshenko asked Greminger to facilitate the provision of new technical equipment to the SMM to improve the quality of its daily work. The parties emphasized the importance of the OSCE SMM's full and unimpeded access to the entire territory of Donbas, including the section of the Ukrainian-Russian border not controlled by Kyiv, according to the statement.
Poroshenko informed Greminger about the situation in Donbas in general and about the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and "outlined his vision of a strategy for ending the occupation of Crimea," the statement said.
The Ukrainian president called on the OSCE secretary general to employ all possible OSCE mechanisms to free "Ukrainian political prisoners" in Russia and Crimea and also hostages held in Donbas, the statement said.
Greminger became the OSCE secretary general in July 2017.