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Ukraine Live Day 542
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
OSCE Says That Despite Rumors It Continues Its Mission To Monitor Ukraine
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Last night there were rumors spread, primarily through pro-Russian social networkers, that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine was planning on leaving Donetsk. The pro-separatist wrote that "reliable sources" in the militia of the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic," called "Russian Spring" by the outlet, said that the OSCE was to depart Donetsk by 6 AM today. The same report said that Ukrainian troops had intensified their activity and was preparing "a large-scale provocation, or a full-scale offensive." The report does not mention that the Russian-backed forces appear to have launched their own offensive, nor does it mention the significant crackdown the OSCE has had to contend with recently -- in the last month more than 40 of its vehicles have been disabled or destroyed, its monitors have been shelled, and its drones jammed, all while within territory controlled by the Russian-backed fighters.

Today the OSCE took to Twitter and dispelled these rumors:

-- James Miller