The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has strongly condemned the recent Russian attacks on Ukraine and called for an immediate end to the ongoing war.
This appeal was made by the current OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Jan Borg, Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Trade of Malta, and OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid.
In a statement released on January 2, the OSCE expressed deep concern over the continuation of violence and its devastating impact on civilians.
"The new year has depressingly begun in the same way that the last one ended," the message reads.
“Death and destruction have stolen the lives of women, men, boys and girls and destroyed essential infrastructure. Every day, it is civilians who consistently pay the price in this terrible conflict. They should never be the victims of deadly drone and missile attacks.”
2024 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Minister for Foreign, Trade and European Affairs of Malta, Ian Borg
The organization emphasized the urgent need to halt the "unrelenting violence that does nothing but propagate a vicious cycle of misery and suffering."
The call for an immediate ceasefire comes in response to Russia's massive attack on Ukraine on January 2, which involved more than 130 munitions, including 35 Shahed drones at night and 99 missiles in the morning. The attack resulted in the deaths of five people and injuries to more than 130 in Ukraine.
The OSCE's statement reflects the growing international concern over the escalation of the conflict and the need for a strategic and peaceful resolution.