: :inin Kyiv (EET)

OSCE needs 900 observers in Ukraine


The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) plans to expand the total number of observers for its Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine up to 900 observers.
Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan said this during the ceremony of receiving British assistance consisting of ten armored vehicles to be used by OSCE SMM.
The number of observers in Ukraine stands at 400 people at the moment.
“Now our mission is in the process of expansion. We hope that the number of international observers will increase to 500 people in February. We also hope that the number of Ukrainians working in the mission as consultants and legal advisers will be 400 people. We expect that the total number of members of our mission to reach 900 people,” he said.
He also said that the mission operates 65 armored vehicles.
“We hope that the number of such vehicles will increase so that the mission can effectively carry out their work,” he said.
As reported, the British government transferred 10 armored vehicles and communications equipment to the OSCE SMM to Ukraine on Tuesday, January 13.

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