Joint statement by OSCE Chairman-in-Office Rau and Secretary General Schmid on the recent deterioration of the security situation in eastern Ukraine – Ukraine


WARSAW/VIENNA, 18 February 2022 – In light of the significant deterioration of the security situation in eastern Ukraine, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland, Zbigniew Rau, and the OSCE Secretary General, Helga Maria Schmid, issued the following statement:

“We are deeply concerned by the significant increase in armed violence reported in eastern Ukraine. We reaffirm the need to refrain from the use of force and defuse an already tense situation. Restraint, dialogue and accountability are paramount. We deplore the spread of misinformation about impending military action by Ukrainian government forces; this seriously affects the civilian population in the conflict zone.”

“The increasingly hostile and inflammatory rhetoric we have heard recently undermines efforts to foster peace, stability and security and increases the risks of further confrontations and escalations. This must stop.

“We reiterate our full support for the efforts of the Trilateral Contact Group and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, which, despite the difficult circumstances, continues to implement its mandate. The Mission’s impartial monitoring and reporting of the security situation is more important than ever. .”


Communications and Media Relations Section
OSCE Secretariat
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Bartosz Kempinski
Press and Communication
Polish Chairmanship of the OSCE 2022
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