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    OSCE Ukraine Monitoring Mission to Boost Video Surveillance

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    The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine plans to boost video surveillance in Luhansk.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine plans to boost video surveillance in Ukraine's breakaway eastern regions, Alexander Hug, the mission's principal deputy chief monitor told Sputnik Thursday.

    The OSCE has been tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Minsk deal provisions on settling the conflict between Kiev and the pro-independence militias in the country's east. The Minsk accords include a full ceasefire and weapons withdrawal from the line of contact. The SMM reports on ceasefire violations by both sides.

    "The Mission operates three static observation cameras in certain hotspots along the contact line, and this number will be expanded," Hug said.

    The SMM uses various technologies to aid its monitors, including cameras, satellite imagery, and surveillance drones of various ranges, he added.

    Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities that came to power as a result of a coup. In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

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