The UN assessment mission for settlement of the situation in Donbas will begin its work on January 23, Ukraine’s Permanent Delegation in the UN reported Tuesday.
“In the view of strengthening of the UN’s role in settling the conflict in Donbas, the Ukrainian side requested that the UN assessment mission started working in Donbas on January 23”, says the message.
The mission will involve representatives of the UN Development Program, UNICEF and UNMAS (UN Mine Action Service).
It is expected that the mission will hold meetings with leading officials of the executive power in Kyiv and then go to eastern Ukraine to examine the needs – in particular, in terms of clearing mines.
Previously, Ukraine’s Permanent Representative in the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said he intended to organize a trip to Donbas for representatives of permanent members of the UN Security Council; the trip was supposed to persuade them to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine.
He reiterated that for the negotiations on the issue, it is necessary that the UN Secretariat send an assessment mission to Ukraine; the mission would “assess the number of staff, communication-related issues, opportunities for quartering and many other questions”. “No such decision has been made yet”, the Ukrainian diplomat said.