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Poroshenko, Guterres discuss deployment of UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas

The phone conversation between the two officials occurred on Tuesday evening
21:14, 19 June 2018

kyivpost

The release of Ukraine's political prisoners from Russian jails and opportunities to deploy the UN peacekeepers in the combat area in eastern Ukraine - these were the main topics of the phone conversation between President Petro Poroshenko and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

According to the presidential press service, the head of the Ukrainian state informed the interlocutor on the latest developments in Donbas. 'The sides discussed the more active involvement of the UN in the solution of the situation in the region - specifically, by deploying the international peacekeeping mission in occupied Donbas,' the message says.

The officials also talked through the release of Ukraine's political prisoners illegally detained in Russia. The president expressed his concern over the worsening situation in human rights area in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Earlier, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that the demand of Kyiv to deploy the UN peacekeepers at the Russia-Ukraine border section, which not controlled by Ukraine, contradicts the Minsk Agreements

"We explained that the ideas offered by the Ukrainian colleagues and the American representatives to turn this peacekeeping mission to some military-political office that will control all territory of these self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk 'republics' and will decide whom and how to elect completely contradict the Minsk Agreements," he said.

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At the same time, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that the opinions of the foreign ministers on the deployment of the UN peacekeepers are completely different.

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