Ukraine is asking for an international, armed police mission under Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) auspices, to be deployed in the secessionist Donetsk-Luhansk territory. Russia and its local proxies hold the monopoly on military presence and policing in that part of Ukraine. And Russia holds veto power in the OSCE itself. In these circumstances, Kyiv’s call is a desperate one but also a smart move. It draws attention to the utter lack of security for the local “elections” that the Minsk armistice requires Ukraine to authorize in the Russian-controlled Donbas (Donetsk-Luhansk) region.
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Source: The Jamestown Foundation