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Ukraine yet to consider deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

As of now, the parties of the Trilateral Contact Group discuss changes to the composition of the OSCE mission
14:39, 11 December 2020

Adviser of the Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group Oleksiy Arestovych
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Ukraine is not considering the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas at this moment. In turn, the Ukrainian side suggests quadrupling the overall composition of the OSCE mission. This was stated by the adviser of the Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group Oleksiy Arestovych, RBC-Ukraine reports.

"The road map that was published by then President Poroshenko. Well, I am glad that he fully supports the plan of joint steps proposed by the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), they coincide by 99%. The only difference is the UN peacekeepers. We are also talking about increasing the composition of the OSCE mission by four times," he said.

Related: EU offers to create international peacekeeping mission at Russian-Ukrainian border

Arestovych added that the issue of the peacekeepers' deployment was not being considered yet as Russia had a veto at the UN.

As we reported earlier, in 2019, the OSCE claimed that the peacekeeping mission could not be deployed to Donbas without Russia's consent.

Nevertheless, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Re-integration of Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov believes that Ukraine might need the help of the UN peacekeeping mission.

Related: Russia’s ‘peacekeeping’ operation in Karabakh: Foundation of a Russian protectorate (Part One)

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