On March 7, the OSCE announced that its personnel had been deported from Kherson to Russia, which was in fact due to the occupied Crimea. At the same time, the activities of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine have been curtailed due to Russia’s refusal to accept the “Minsk Agreements” and large-scale aggression against Ukraine. In daily reports from 24 February, the organization’s Kherson office reported on fighting in the region, on shelling of Kherson city and on the entry of Russian troops into the city in March, leaving OSCE personnel in hiding.

This means that Russia has not provided the OSCE with the opportunity to monitor the situation in the aggressor-occupied South of Ukraine and document war crimes committed by Russian troops, in particular under the guise of “providing humanitarian aid”.According to the Ukrainian authorities, due to the fierce resistance of the population of Kherson Region, the occupiers are trying to impose an administrative-police regime, for which Rosguard units were introduced in the region, which illegally detained more than 400 Ukrainian citizens.

Currently, the Russian occupiers are artificially creating a humanitarian catastrophe in the region, related to the interruption of gas and electricity supplies, artificial disruption of logistics in providing the population with basic necessities, including food and medicine. At the same time, Russian propaganda reports that allegedly “OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has recently played up to Kyiv in its reports”.In 2020-2021, our Association periodically informed the OSCE structures about the prospects of escalation of Russian aggression from Crimea and the policy of racial discrimination and militarization of the peninsula by the Russian occupiers.

The next OSCE conference in Vienna on March 14-15, which was to discuss these issues, has been postponed indefinitely. In fact, the current Russian aggression leads to the collapse of the entire OSCE system, formed in the 1970s, and to the destruction of the corresponding non-military mechanisms in Europe. Thus, among other things, Russia refuses to guarantee the inviolability of European borders, including its own, a key guarantor of which was the work of the OSCE.