Peacekeepers in Donbas: Risk of legal Russian military on Ukrainian territory

Author : Andriy Magera

Andriy Magera comments on the introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to introduce a draft resolution to the UN Security Council

21:28, 13 September 2017

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According to media reports, one of the components of the Donbas reintegration bill may be the introduction of international peacekeeping mission to the region. The question is not as simple as it seems at first glance.

I will not touch on the financial side of the issue. Obviously, under the aegis of the UN such a peacekeeping contingent will "cost" a considerable amount of money.

But there is one more factor. The decision to send such a contingent of the UN and regarding its composition will be taken by the UN Security Council in accordance with the UN Charter. With a high degree of probability, we can say that there will be an attempt to add the Russian military there. Why do I say "with a high degree of probability"? Since the decision of the UN Security Council will not be taken if the Russian Federation applies the right of (absolute) veto. Unfavorable versions just do not suit them. Therefore, the risk of obtaining Russian military on the territory of Ukraine on quite legitimate grounds is quite high. If not completely Russian contingent, then at least mixed. Moreover, this will be fully consistent with the Kremlin's previous statements on the role of Russian Federation as a "peacemaker in the conflict in southeast of Ukraine." It is also true that removing such Russian military from the territory of Ukraine will be very difficult afterwards ...

But in any case, I am convinced that the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine will study this issue and propose (through the president) to Parliament the most acceptable version of the bill. Moreover, given the fact that almost every day the Ukrainian military are being killed. And this, you will agree, is a powerful argument.

In turn, citizens of Ukraine should by consensus support the initiatives of the Ukrainian Security Council. Especially in the conditions of actual external aggression from the eastern neighbor.

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