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  The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission plays and must continue to play a crucial role in actively observing and reporting about these developments and thus contributing to prevent a further escalation of the situation. 

I reiterate the EU’s strong support for Ukraine’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity and call upon Russia to do so as well. To this end, the Russian Federation is urged to call back its troops from the Ukrainian border and to cease any further actions aimed at destabilising Ukraine. 

The EU commends the Ukrainian authorities for pursuing their law and order operations in a measured way, in order to establish the authority of the state. 

I encourage the government in Kyiv to contribute further to reducing tensions and call upon Ukraine to ensure free and fair Presidential elections on May 25 as the best way to express the citizens’ will. The EU looks forward to the work of Verkhovna Rada on constitutional reform, through an inclusive process and with the support of the Council of Europe, including its Venice Commission. 

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