International monitors to be sent to Ukraine

2014-03-21 22:09
(Nicholas Kamm, AFP)

(Nicholas Kamm, AFP)

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Vienna - Russia has accepted sending an international monitoring team to Ukraine that officials say will have free access to regions "throughout the country".

The development on Friday follows more than a week of stonewalling by Russia of a push by all other members of the 57-nation Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to send such a mission.

The OSCE said the 200-strong team will gather information and report on the security situation "throughout the country". It did not specify whether that included Crimea, which Russia has annexed.

The OSCE works on consensus. Russia's approval could signify a slight de-escalation of tensions.

Pro-Russian forces last week stopped OSCE military observers from entering Crimea. T

hat team was requested by Ukraine and its formation did not need Russian approval.

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