Members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbas may be agents of the Russian special services or intelligence agencies.
Such opinion was expressed by former Head of the Ukrainian Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire in the Donbas (JCCC) Major General Borys Kremenetskyi.
“I’m sure that all Russian officers working in the OSCE mission are either trained officers of GRU or FSB. There is no other option. But they are members of the mission, so they enjoy all the privileges and authority each OSCE observer enjoys regardless of one’s origin,” he said.
“Therefore we cannot ask them about their ethnic origin from the formal point of view. A person’s name may be John Smith, but he could originally hail from Russia. Or it could well be Ivan Ivanov – a Bulgarian, American, or a citizen of any other state,” the general said.
“39 out of 652 OSCE observers are Russians,” he said.
“But there is no guarantee that other countries do not share information [with Russia]. There are a lot of former foreign officers who were studying at Soviet military schools at some point. But if we run into an observer doing something suspicious, we immediately report about one. I can recall several such cases… Some observers just left the mission and went home when nabbed,” Kremenetskyi said.