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Ukraine to send 40 peacekeepers to Democratic Republic of Congo

Source : 112 Ukraine

The contingent will comprise of 20 army servicemen, as well as 20 police and the National Guard members
11:43, 16 July 2021

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Ukraine decided to send 40 servicemen to participate in the UN peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is mentioned in the decree of President Volodymyr Zelensky, released on July 15.

The contingent will consist of 20 army servicemen, as well as 20 police and the National Guard members. 

The decree took effect the day it was released.

In June, Ukrainian peacekeepers in Congo helped civilians return to their houses after the eruption of Nyiragongo volcano, which occurred on May 22.

Related: Introduction of UN peacekeepers in Donbas not on agenda, - Russian MFA

Meanwhile, United Nations peacekeeping missions globally are preparing for a possible shutdown on Thursday if the 193-member U.N. General Assembly is unable to agree a new $6 billion budget for the year to June 30, 2022.

Catherine Pollard, the U.N. head of management strategy, policy and compliance, said the world body's 12 peacekeeping missions - most of which are in Africa and the Middle East - had been advised to start putting contingency plans in place in case a new budget is not adopted in time.

"At the same time, we remain hopeful and confident that member states will conclude their negotiations," Pollard told reporters.

Related: Guterres denies opportunity to deploy UN peacekeepers in Donbas any time soon

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