Part of OSCE observers have left Eastern Ukraine for security reasons

Part of the OSCE international mission monitoring the Ukrainian presidential elections has left Eastern Ukraine, mission representative Thomas Rymer told Interfax.

Part of the OSCE international mission monitoring the Ukrainian presidential elections has left Eastern Ukraine, mission representative Thomas Rymer told Interfax.

Part of the observers remained in the region that work in places where voting is under way; half of the group left eastern regions, he said on Sunday.

He said that mainly long-term observers who have been monitoring the developments since last April remain.

He accounted the regrouping of monitors to security issues and also to the fact that many polling stations in Donetsk and Lugansk regions don't function and therefore there is no need for observers there, he said.

The international election monitoring mission comprises over 1,200 observers from 47 countries, including over 1,000 long-term and short-term observers of OSCE/ODIHR, 116 members and representatives of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, 46 observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), 18 from the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and 14 from the European parliament. The OSCE mission will submit its report on Monday, May 26.

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