There will be no progress in the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas in the near future. Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the UN claimed this to European Truth.
'Lavrov and other officials in Russia repeat that 'We are ready to allow the UN peacekeepers to protect the OSCE'. However, neither the OSCE nor the UN can understand what the point is. At least, the peacekeepers should be deployed at the state border between Ukraine and Russia. I think that there will be no progress in this issue in the near future. There was a chance but Russia did not use it or did not allow to use it', Yelchenko said.
He also commented the possibility to take this chance.
'I think that it was just a game. Russia initially did not want the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. They needed the preservation of the current situation or the so-called 'peacekeeping mission' on the Russian conditions that will freeze the conflict for the decades. We would get such mission then we would not know what to do with it'.
He added that Russia side rejected all conditions important for Ukraine, US, countries of Normandy Format and the representatives of the UN Security Council and returned to 'its idea of the strange operation where the UN peacekeepers will protect the OSCE observers'.
Yelchenko also confirmed that the issue of the creation of the peacekeeping mission can be raised at the UN General Assembly but he also added that Ukraine is not at the end of the resources at the Security Council.
Ukraine began the work in the UN Security Council on January 1, 2016, and the term of its work finished on January 1, 2018. Poland entered the UN Security Council instead of Ukraine.
Earlier Yelchenko claimed that the UN peacekeepers can help reach a permanent and sustainable resolution of the Donbas conflict.