OSCE 'advance teams' in Ukraine tonight: US

Unidentified soldiers block a road to Ukrainian military airport Belbek not far from Sevastopol on February 28, 2014“Advance teams” from the OSCE will start deploying in Ukraine late Monday but Russian objections mean there is no agreement yet on a full-scale monitoring mission, the top US diplomat to Europe said. “Today there was an announcement that the OSCE will begin deploying tonight monitors to Ukraine who can provide neutral facts and provide a true assessment of facts on the ground,” Victoria Nuland told reporters in Vienna. Talking on the sidelines of a special meeting of the OSCE, Nuland said she hoped these “advance teams” will “be permitted to travel to Crimea where they are needed most, as well as to key cities in eastern Ukraine.” Representatives from the 57 OSCE member states were yet to agree on whether to send a large-scale monitoring mission, as favoured by Washington and others, Nuland and other officials said.

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