Situation in Eastern Ukraine Continues to Deteriorate, OSCE Observer Says (1)

Kristiina Kallas (ERR)
6/4/2014 9:45 AM
Category: Politics

Getting a clear understanding of events in Ukraine is complicated because a propaganda war is being waged by all sides, while the situation in the east continues to get worse, an Estonian OSCE observer said on Tuesday.

Electoral observer Kristiina Kallas, back from her mission in Ukraine, told ETV in a live interview that she was stationed in the Zaporizhia Oblast, bordering on the city of Donetsk. She said there was no military activity there, but Donetsk and Luhansk continue to cause concern.

She had no information on the four detained OSCE observers, including one Estonian, as they were on different missions and in different regions.

There is a great number of groups active in Donetsk, Kallas said, and while some locals support separatists, it is not the majority and the rest of Ukraine is not ready to give up Donetsk and Luhansk yet.

In addition to the military activity threatening security, food and clothes shortages are also paralyzing local life: kindergartens are closed and many people have left the region, Kallas said.

In her view, the situation in eastern Ukraine has deteriorated and people in Zaporizhia Oblast have lost hope for a solution in the short term.

However, people are hopeful that the new president, the confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko, will reach a deal with the US and the EU, and they are looking towards Europe, Kallas said.


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