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Negotiations on peacekeepers in Donbas parallelled by active hostilities

Author : Mykyta Sinitsyn

12:25, 16 November 2017
Negotiations on peacekeepers in Donbas parallelled by active hostilities

Author : Mykyta Sinitsyn

As soon as talks on the introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas go to the finish line, shelling on the front line becomes more intensive

12:25, 16 November 2017

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In the evening of November 14, the Bakhmutka settlement in eastern Ukraine (territory controlled by Kyiv) was subjected to artillery fire.

ATO Headquarters press center posted a photo of the damage, adding that positions of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Zaytsevo-Severnoye were under the fire; residential areas of Kondratievske village were also shelled. As a result of the firing from the BM-21 Grad multiple-launch rocket system a residential building was damaged. No civilian population was injured.

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The self-proclaimed DPR accused the Armed Forces of Ukraine of increased shelling, during which 1775 units of ammunition fell to "territory of the republic." Among them, there were up to 80 rockets of the BM-21 Grad.

Earlier, November 5, residential neighborhoods in Donetsk and the Yakovlivka settlement in Yasynuvatsky district came under fire. BM-21 Grad was used there.

The self-proclaimed DPR accused SBU of firing, in particular by launching 450 rocket radars of the "Grad" missile, resulting in damage to more than 10 civilian houses, a college, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged too. In addition, one civilian was wounded.

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In turn, the ATO headquarters press center announced the firing of positions of the Armed Forces near Avdiyivka and Opytne.

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission announced the launch of 40 Grad missiles, presumably from positions several kilometers southwest from Horlivka.

Interestingly, heave shelling has become very rare in Donbas. But what is even more interesting is that both shelling took place almost immediately after the next round of talks between the US State Department's Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Russian President's Assistant Vladislav Surkov on the issue of introducing a UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas.

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Since the inception of such an initiative, two scenarios were proposed by Poroshenko:

1) Ukrainian - the introduction of a fairly numerous mission along the contact line;

2) Russian - the introduction of a small mission of peacekeepers to protect OSCE mission staff working in Donbas.

November 4, Kurt Volker made a number of statements regarding the future mission of peacekeepers after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in which he diplomatically suggests to reach consensus between two options for the introduction of a peacekeeping mission and to make one draft resolution, not just two from Ukraine and Russia. He also said that the next meeting with Vladyslav Surkov was scheduled for November 13.

Residential areas of Donetsk fall under shelling on November 5.

November 10, the Wall Street Journal citing the diplomatic sources wrote that at the upcoming talks Kurt Volker propose Surkov introduction of a UN peacekeeping mission in amount of 20,000 people. It completely contradicts the proposals of the Russian Federation.

November 13, during a meeting between Volker and Surkov, the Russian side rejected 26 out of 29 US proposals, which could be regarded as a complete failure.

 

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November 14, Zaytsevo, whose part is Bakhmutka, was subjected to the Grad bombardment.

Such a coincidence is unlikely to happen, but how exacerbation of the fighting in Donbas can affect the question of sending a peacekeeping mission?

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The fact is that the peacekeeping mission has received such a name because its employees contribute to the establishment and observance of peace at a hot spot, which is completely impossible in terms of active phase of the battles. Moreover, if there is a danger to the personnel of a peacekeeping mission, no one will send the mission to Donbas. That is, an exacerbation in the conflict zone can block an undesirable vote on this issue.

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