Alexander Hug (photo – OSCE SMM)
Former first OSCE deputy head said that the observers met with the military of the 16th Russian Airborne Brigade in the occupied Donbas
Former first deputy head of the OSCE special monitoring mission, Alexander Hug, does not consider Russia to be an aggressor country. He said this in an interview with TSN. Thich.
Answering the question whether you consider Russia an aggressor, Hug said: “No, but I think that Russia, as well as Ukraine and some parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, acknowledged that there is a big problem that requires a solution, and they all accepted self commitment. "
However, he stressed that the facts can not be refuted.
“The facts, confirmed by the pictures in which the columns are depicted, are entering and leaving Ukraine under cover of night, columns of military-type vehicles armed with them, which move along dirt roads under strict coordination accompanied by air defense systems. In areas not controlled by the government, we We talked with people who declared their belonging to the Russian military units, including the 16th Airborne Brigade of Russia, "said Hug.
See also: Hug: We talked to people who called themselves Russian military
According to him, the persons he mentioned were part of the 16th Airborne Brigade of the Russian Federation.
"We met with them in areas not controlled by the government. They spoke openly with us, and provided this information themselves, and we reported this fact. I also personally spoke here in Kiev with two prisoners who were detained by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And they said the same: they are part of units that are fighting on a rotational basis in Ukraine, "said Hug.
October 31, 2018 Hug left his post.
October 25th he stated that the mission did not see "direct evidence" of the Russian interventions in the events in the Donbass, however, recorded convoys entering from its territory. In addition, according to the OSCE mission’s deputy head, military clothing with insignia of the Russian army can be bought “anywhere.”
In response to this, Commissioner for Peaceful Settlement in the Donbass Irina Gerashchenko stated that "Russian tanks they are not sold in the market. "
See also: There is evidence: words about the Russian army were removed from Hug's interview