On January 25, Ukraine paid its regular contribution to the UN budget and was included in first 25 member states which paid it in time, as Ukraine’s Permanent Representation to the UN reported on Twitter.
The contribution made $1 589 288.
35 states in total made their contributions as of February 1.
Earlier, a UN peacekeeping mission – perhaps aided by an EU civilian detachment in Donbas – has emerged as the preferred mechanism for most actors working to resolve the conflict. Such a mission would provide an opportunity to either genuinely resolve the war or merely fake progress towards this goal, an ambiguity that all parties recognise. Despite its risks and complications, the idea has caught the imagination of many Western diplomats, politicians, and experts who deal with the conflict since September 2017, when Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated his willingness to discuss UN involvement in the war.