OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Donetsk-based team of four released after 32 days | 2014 Annual Security Review Conference | OSCE Mélange Programme infographic

27 June 2014
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With the presidential elections now behind us, a new phase opens in Ukraine. For the OSCE, good news came as the four monitors missing from Donetsk were released, but as I write, we still await the release of the 4 Luhansk-based monitors.

Those monitors are from the key Special Monitoring Mission based in Kiev and feeding back facts daily; you can see their dispatches in this edition.

In Vienna too, the focus remains on Ukraine. Veteran diplomat Heidi Tagliavini is now accompanying talks between Ukraine and Russia; at the same time, the Annual Security Review Conference provided a platform for diplomatic contacts. Details are here, along with a podcast from current Chair of the Permanent Council Thomas Greminger.

A success story continued as Melange – a dangerous rocket fuel – was removed from Ukraine, the sixth country now free of this toxic substance, with three more countries to go. Our infographic sheds light on this complex story. And don’t forget the Security Community magazine. A new edition is available soon, and, as ever, we welcome your comments.

Cathie Burton
Spokesperson OSCE

Ukraine in focus

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission team of four released 

On 26 June, four members of the Donetsk-based monitoring team of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMMU) that went missing since late May were released after 32 days in captivity. Learn more

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office expressed his gratitude for support in release of four monitors from Donetsk-based SMM team, and called for setting free the other team of four without delay. Learn more

Swiss Chairperson-in-Office visits Vienna

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter held several bilateral meetings regarding the situation in Ukraine at the margins of the OSCE Annual Security Review Conference in Vienna. He discussed the next steps in implementing peace plan and called for re-consolidating European security. Learn more

Ukraine crisis tops the agenda of OSCE annual conference in Vienna

Strengthening OSCE’s role in existing conflicts – particularly Ukraine – topped the agenda at the Organization’s annual security review conference, with discussions also covering military stability and transparency, transnational threats and Afghanistan. Go to the event page to hear Permanent Council Chair Thomas Greminger talk about this year's conference and for more multimedia content. Find out more

30 days: OSCE monitors missing, families and friends waiting

Although four members of the Donetsk-based team were freed on 26 June, four members of the Luhansk-based monitoring team are still being held. Read more

OSCE Secretary General visited Russia to discuss de-escalation of crisis in Ukraine

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier travelled to the Russian Federation on an official visit on 11-12 June, where he met Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, to exchange views on OSCE's engagement in Ukraine, as well as on other issues on the OSCE agenda. Find out more

Daily updates from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

To get a better understanding of the situation on the ground in Ukraine, read the daily updates provided for the public and the media by the teams of special monitors. Read more

Background: OSCE engagement with Ukraine

Learn more about OSCE responses to the crisis in Ukraine, ranging from high-level diplomacy and multilateral dialogue, addressing concerns over fundamental freedoms, human rights, through to monitoring, fact-finding and military visits. Read more

OSCE Mélange Programme

Infographic: Ensuring people's security and environmental safety

Since 2003 the OSCE has been supporting its participating States in eliminating mélange – a highly toxic, volatile, and combustible chemical substance that was extensively used as a liquid rocket fuel component for short and medium-range missiles in the Warsaw Pact countries during the Cold War. This infographic covers the developments of the OSCE Mélange Programme during 2003-2014. See the entire infographic

Security Community Magazine

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