“Foreign Policy” Censored Its Own Interview with the OSCE After It Confirmed the Lack of Direct Proof of Russia’s Presence in Donbass

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The American “Foreign Policy” [a mouthpiece of the State Department – ed] magazine interviewed the first deputy head of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (SMM OSCE) Alexander Hug and removed his statement about the OSCE not having any direct proof of Russia’s involvement in Donbass. This is stated in the notes below the text of the interview on the magazine’s website.

In the initial version, answering the question about the OSCE’s position concerning Russia’s involvement in the events in the East of Ukraine, Hug said: “Taking about the things we saw there, we did not see direct evidence (of Russian’s involvement) … We have seen convoys leaving and entering Ukraine on dirt roads in the middle of the night, in areas where there is no official crossing”.

At the same time Hug in an interview spoke about the presence of Russian military men on Ukrainian territory. “We have spoken to prisoners taken by the Ukrainian forces who claim to be members of the Russian armed forces fighting on rotation in Ukraine. We have seen men with the insignia of the Russian Federation, but you can buy this jacket anywhere. We have also seen the insignia of Germany, Spain, and others—but also of the Russians,” he said.

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