Despite Russia’s military aggression and the ongoing armed opposition in Donbas, Ukraine will remain the UN’s reliable partner in its peacekeeping operations across the globe. Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador in the UN said that in his speech during the session of UN Security Council.
‘Ukraine will do everything possible to remain a reliable partner of the UN peacekeeping operations – even now, when my own country needs the UN assistance in securing the peace, given the ongoing external aggression,’ said the leader of Ukraine’s permanent representation office in the UN.
Yelchenko added that the UN has enough room to grow in terms of fulfilling mandates of UN peacekeeping operations. According to him, the Security Council should ‘bring the dialogue with contributing states to the new level’ and ‘continue to hold consultations when creating and restoring mandates’.
‘One has to carefully look into the practical progress of every particular mission, to consider and, whenever necessary, to submit changes to respective mandates, focusing on the support of political solution to conflicts,’ he said.
Speaking about limited opportunities of peacekeepers in operations, the Ukrainian diplomat insisted on proper funding of peacekeeping missions, sufficient air support for the infantry as well as cutting-edge reconnaissance technologies.