KYIV, 1 December 2015 – The Principal Deputy Chief Monitor (PDCM) of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug will travel to eastern Ukraine from 6 to 10 December 2015 to assess the security situation, solicit support for opening of new Forward Patrol Bases and encourage all concerned to work towards peace and normalization in Ukraine.

He will visit Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Horlivka, Pisky, Vodiane, Opytne, Spartak, Debalsteve, Dokuchaievsk and other locations, meet the SMM teams, conduct meetings with Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination representatives and other relevant interlocutors.

Journalists are invited to join PDCM Hug on patrols where he will hold press points. Hug will also hold news briefings, exact time and locations for which will be communicated via social media (@OSCE_SMM, closer to the events. Live online streaming of the news briefings will be available at

Media representatives need to take care of their own travel arrangements, accommodation as well as their access and ability to work in the areas outside government control. Please note that SMM cannot provide security or access guarantees for the media.

Journalists wishing to join PDCM Hug during the visit should contact the SMM press-service at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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