President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that Russia has agreed to deploy an OSCE police armed mission in Donbas.
"I'm very glad that a firm position of the Ukrainian side now has been backed by our partners in 'Normandy Four' format, our U.S. partners and finally we see that Russia is participating," Poroshenko said in an interview with the Ukrainian TV channels.
He also stressed that despite titanic efforts of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), shell attacks, especially in Avdiyivka, Maryinka and certain districts of Luhansk region still continue. "And over the past 24 hours we witnessed from 30 to 70 shell attacks in one area," he said.
Poroshenko stressed occupational troops are responsible for an absolute majority of the violations. "Our troops open a return fire only. But OSCE monitors can't register this. They aren't armed. They can only register the fact of shell attack, but can't always find out where it came from," the head of state said.
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According to him, to this reason a special new police armed mission should be sent to provide security. Member of the new OSCE mission should be able to protect themselves, the president said.
Poroshenko said the mission is meant to provide security, as well as to help prepare for and conduct local elections. They can also be used to help inaugurate newly elected Donbas representatives, the president said.
"I believe political resolution may begin after the security situation improves. Otherwise, we will be unable legitimize Russia's occupation through a mechanism of pseudo-elections, just as they conducted the pseudo referendum in Crimean (in March 2104) and pseudo-elections as on November 2, 2014. We won't let that happen again," he said.