NORDEM visits OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMMU)

From 1-5 March 2015, NORDEM, together with a delegation from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, conducted a field visit to Ukraine where NORDEM personnel have been on the ground since the establishment of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMMU) in March 2014.



NORDEM monitor in Dnepropetrovsk. photo:Silje H. Wilhelmsen

During the visit, NORDEM met with Norwegian observers in the SMMU mission as well as SMMU leadership in Kiev, including Head of Mission, Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan. NORDEM was also briefed about the situation in Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya oblasts bordering the Donbass region where the war between Ukrainian forces and separatist groups has been ongoing for almost a year.

The SMMU-team in Dnepropetrovsk conveyed that although there are indeed security concerns such as weapon transport and bomb threats, the situation in these oblasts is relatively calm and politically stable. However, humanitarian issues, especially regarding the situation of IDPs, incuding unaccompanied children, is a matter of great concern.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine is an unarmed, civilian mission, present on the ground 24/7 with a mandate to observe and report in an impartial and objective way on the situation in Ukraine, and to facilitate dialogue among all parties to the crisis. Since the mission was established in March 2014, NORDEM monitors have been on the ground mainly in the volatile Eastern areas.

A total of eleven NORDEM members are currently on mission in Ukraine and NORDEM continously accepts new applications from roster members and Norwegian citizens. Women with a relevant background, including international experience, and those with experience from working in conflict zones and/ or with military affairs, are especially encouraged to apply. 

For more information about the SMMU, have a look at the SMMU web page




By Silje H. Wilhelmsen
Published Mar. 18, 2015 11:21 AM - Last modified Sep. 10, 2015 2:17 PM