European security group mulls police mission to Ukraine

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Posted: May 19, 2016 7:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is considering sending an armed police mission to help conduct elections in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine that is controlled by Russian-backed rebels.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that his group may send hundreds of policemen to "maintain law and order" during the vote, if there is agreement on all sides.

International negotiations on ending the two-year conflict, which has already killed more than 9,300 people, appear to have reached a stalemate. Moscow says Ukraine must pass the necessary legislation to conduct the vote, while Kiev insists the separatists must first cease all hostilities and Ukraine must restore control over the border with Russia.