Ukraine stands against the frozen conflict in Donbas but it is necessary to hold talks with the side of the conflict to reach peace; however, it does not recognize itself to be such a side as Head of the President’s Office Andriy Yermak stated at Svoboda Slova TV show.
“There are forces on the support of peace under the aegis of the UN. To support peace, it should be reached first. To reach it, we need to sit down to talk with the side of the conflict, which does not recognize itself to be such a side, and agree on the beginning of the stop of war and return of our occupied territories. The Ukrainian side strongly opposes the freezing of the conflict,” Yermak said.
Meanwhile, he noted that the deployment of the peacekeepers in Donbas was not discussed during the visit of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to New York for participation in the 76th UNGA meeting. Yermak supposes that it is not time to discuss this issue.
In May 2021, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the UN is not likely to reach a consensus on the deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas any time soon.
In April 2021, Head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs department of international organizations, Pyotr Ilyichev said that the issue of introducing a UN peacekeeping contingent in Donbas is currently not on the agenda.