KIEV, November 5 (RIA Novosti) – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier has arrived in Ukraine to discuss the activities of the organization's Special Monitoring Mission, according to a statement published on the OSCE's Twitter microblog Wednesday.
"#OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier visiting #OSCE_SMM to #Ukraine. Discussing SMM activities and challenges," the tweet said.
On Tuesday, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated that Zannier plans to meet with the country's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.
The OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission was deployed at Ukrainian government's request after the situation escalated in in the country as the southeastern regions of the country refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government that came to power following a February coup. The monitors are meant to contribute to reducing tensions and fostering peace, stability and security in Ukraine and on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Currently, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has 358 international employees. According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, 261 of the OSCE's employees in Ukraine are monitors and 124 of them are currently working in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.