The Kremlin has been ‘mocking’ Ukraine and the rest of the world by offering to implement the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. Leonid Kuchma, the ex-president of Ukraine and this country’s official envoy in the Minsk talks group, said that in the commentary for the press during the Yalta European Strategy forum.
Speaking about the face-to-face negotiations with Russian president Putin and settling the Donbas conflict by one-on-one talks, Kuchma stressed that this prerogative belongs to Petro Poroshenko, ‘I think we should have negotiated with Russia since the very first days of the conflict. But we didn’t. This is why we’ve got just what we have,’ he said.
Kuchma added that bringing UN peacekeepers to Donbas could take place only after Ukraine takes the entire length of its state border under control.
Earlier, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said deploying the armed UN peacekeepers mission in Donbas would be instrumental in solving the conflict. He charged the Russian foreign ministry to develop and hand over to the UN Security Council the respective draft resolution.
The Ukrainian government opposes the idea of bringing UN peacekeepers to Donbas before the Ukrainian troops can re-gain control over the state border; besides, Ukraine’s UN ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko insisted that the Russian army should not be allowed in this UN contingent.