The UN expert mission will come to Ukraine to assess opportunities for clearing mines in war-torn Donbas. Ukraine’s permanent representative in the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said this January 20, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“The mission arrives January 23 and will be working for two weeks”, he said. The diplomat stressed that for now, the sides do not discuss deploying the full-fledged UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine.
“The mission will come here, assess the opportunities, make conclusions and then a coordination staff of the mission will be created here in Ukraine”, Yelchenko said.
He added that the decision to send the mission was made by the UN Secretariat, and the agency is ready to fund its activities.
Yelchenko also expressed hope that representatives of so-called DPR and LPR will show interest in clearing mines, just as the Ukrainian side does, so that there will be no extra complications on the matter.