The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas will aim to provide the lasting peace but not to freeze the Russian occupation. He claimed this as the appeal to the parliament broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
‘We obtained a very important result. We have the common voice of the partners who support the Ukrainian initiative. We finally heard the certain reaction from the other side of the front line. We clearly understand that the devil lies in the details and the offer of Russia concerning the presence of the UN Mission only for the protection of the OSCE SMM is at least strange. Moreover, the pro-Russian militants are the main threat to the security of the international observers. The Ukrainian side is ready for the objective dialogue with the members of the UN Security Council and I think that this discussion should contain such essential details and first of all we stand for the meaningful deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission at the entire territory of Donbas’, the president noted.
‘The UN mission will aim not to froze the Russian occupation, not the legalization of the Russian presence but the provision of the lasting peace in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the complete restoration of the territorial integrity of our state. The future UN mission should be placed all over the temporarily occupied territory, including the uncontrolled part of the border’, Poroshenko added.
Also, Petro Poroshenko noted that mission should correspond to the guidelines of the fulfillment of the international UN missions that initially excludes the participation of the representatives of the country-aggressor or sides of the conflict in them.
‘And the last one – there will be no agreement of the terms of the future UN mission with the pro-Russian militants’, he added.
Earlier the Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that the presence of the UN peacekeepers in Donbas will benefit the resolution of the conflict in the East of Ukraine and instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to introduce the proper resolution to the UN Security Council.
The representative of Ukraine at the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas in Minsk and the First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko claimed at Facebook that it is impossible to talk about the UN Peacekeepers only at the demarcation line.
‘The peacekeepers should be present at the whole territory that is occupied by Russian to monitor the security situation and demilitarization, their mandate should end at the Ukrainian-Russian border’, Gerashchenko said.
According to the mass media of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the leader of the militants Olexandr Zakharchenko claimed about the necessity to discuss the offer of Putin. ‘In any case, we are ready to discuss the pointed initiative and insist that without approval from the DPR and LNR side any changes of the conflict settlement are impossible’, he thinks.
The permanent representative of Ukraine in the UN Volodymyr Elchenko claimed that the UN peacekeeping mission should be placed at the Russian-Ukrainian border and the participation of Russian representatives in it is impossible.
Later Russia sent the resolution project on the deployment of the UN peacekeepers at the contact line in Donbas to the Chairman of the UN Security Council Tekeda Alemu and the Secretary General of the UN Antonio Guterres.