Introduction of the UN peacekeeping mission to the east of Ukraine will protect citizens from armed violence and contribute to the restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state. This was stated on Wednesday by the spokesperson of the US State Department Heather Nauert in Washington, Ukrinform repoprts.
"We see this as an opportunity to protect Ukrainian citizens regardless of their nationality," the representative of the U.S. foreign policy department said during a briefing at the International Press Center in Washington.
This decision could help restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, she added. At the same time, the U.S. representative stressed that the mandate of the mission should extend to the entire territory controlled by pro-Russian forces.
"Such mission must have a broad mandate to ensure peace and security throughout the occupied territory of Ukraine, up to the border with Russia, in order to avoid deepening or legitimizing the split within Ukraine," the US State Department spokesperson said.
As it was reported ealier Poroshenko together wi the OSCE Secretary General coordinate approaches to deploying UN peacekeepers in Donbas. The president emphasized the importance of establishing an intensive dialogue between the OSCE and the UN on this issue.