The members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) need to strengthen monitoring in Ukraine, Alexander Lukashevich, Russia’s OSCE envoy, said. According to him, there is a possibility that the Kiev regime prepares new provocations, RIA Novosti reports.
Speaking at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, Lukashevich reminded that the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was about to extend the term of martial law if the full-scale war actions began. Martial law ends on December 28, it means that Kiev is looking for a reason to extend the regime. Lukashevich stressed that the Ukrainian authorities did not shun new provocations.
The SMM should monitor more actively both the contact line in the Donbass region and the whole country and notify of all signs of Kiev’s preparation for military action, Lukashevich noted.
Russkiy Mir reported earlier Poroshenko to have imposed the martial law in several regions of Ukraine after the incident in the Kerch Strait. Many experts and politicians say that he wants to influence the results of the presidential elections this way.
Lukashevich once again raised the issue of Kirill Vyshinsky, the head of the RIA Novosti-Ukraine portal, who had been detained for several months under a false pretext.