Contents tagged with UN peacekeeping mission

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia blocks the deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbas

    Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview with Ukrinform that Russia is deliberately trying to block even a discussion of the possibility of deploying the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.

    Klimkin stated that Ukraine is now negotiating the possibility of discussing this issue in the Normandy Format at the level of political directors. "The discussion will take place next week in Berlin.  We will see if there is any progress,” he said.

    According to Klimkin, …

  • France: Russia's presence will not help to stabilize the situation in Central African Republic

    Recently, Moscow announced plans to send additional equipment and new military instructors to the Central African Republic (CAR).

    Following Russia's announcement, French Defense Minister Florence Parly told the weekly Jeune Afrique that Russia’s expanding influence in the CAR, a former French colony, over the past months, will unlikely to help stabilize the situation in the country.

    In December 2017, Russia received the United Nations’ Security Council’s approval to supply weapons to the CAR, …

  • Volker: Kremlin delaying deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas

    Russia still has not put forward any new proposals concerning the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, observed US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with Public TV Donbas.

    Volker is counting on their being another meeting with Russian presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, but such a meeting is being hindered by the Kremlin’s lack of new offers. “We are corresponding with Surkov about the contents of this meeting. We submitted a …

  • Ukrainian politician: it would take at least 10 months to deploy UN Peacekeepers to Donbas

    If the UN General Assembly adopts such a resolution, UN peacekeepers will arrive in the Donbas no earlier than 10 months after the decision is made, said Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s representative to the security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, 112 Ukraine reports.

    “Even if at this session a decision was made to send [them], according to my experience, the peacekeepers could de facto arrive in Ukraine after 10 months, perhaps a bit later,” Marchuk observed.

    According to him, …

  • Volker: US has information on numbers and commanders of Russian troops in Donbas

    The US possesses detailed information on the numbers, organization and command of regular divisions of the Russian Armed Forces in the Donbas, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told the radio station Echo of Moscow in an interview.

    “We have studied this matter very carefully. We have very good information about the commanders, the chain of command, the type of troops, their financing, the number of soldiers of the regular Russian army, the number of specialized …

  • Ukrainian President calls for deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas

    President Petro Poroshenko is convinced that a peacekeeping operation under the robust UN mandate will help restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, said the head of the state at a high-level event to support the UN peacekeeping activity on Tuesday, September 25 in New York, Interfax Ukraine reports.

    “I am confident that an UN-mandated multinational peacekeeping operation with the only clear goal to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity could be a …

  • Poroshenko and Volker discuss Donbas situation

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker discussed the latest developments in the Donbas and prospects for the deployment of a multinational UN peacekeeping mission.

    The meeting was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s 73rd session, informs the press service of the Ukrainian President.

    The interlocutors also stressed the need for immediate release of all Ukrainian political prisoners detained in Russia.

    "Special attention …

  • Volker names countries ready to send peacekeepers to Donbas

    In an interview with Echo of Moscow, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker named a number of countries that are prepared to send their own troops to the Donbas as part of a UN peacekeeping mission.

    “As for countries, a number of states have already said that they will be ready to make their contribution. Sweden, Finland, Austria, Belarus, Serbia and Turkey have said so. In my view, this is a good range of countries, including several states which Russia considers …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko may meet with Trump at the UN General Assembly

    In an interview with BBC News Ukraine, Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, who oversees international issues, said that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may meet with US President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly. 

    “The president is actively preparing for events connected with the United Nations General Assembly; two-way meetings are being planned as well as participation in general political debates. His speech is scheduled for September 26 …

  • Russian journalists making documentary about Wagner Private Military Company killed in Central African Republic

    Three Russian citizens were killed in the Central African Republic—journalist Orkhan Jemal, cameraman Kirill Radchenko and director Aleksander Rastorguev. They were making a documentary film about the Wagner Group private military company (PMC), reported the news outlet Dozhd, citing a source in the Russian “Investigations Management Center”.

    According to one of the sources, the death of the film crew has been confirmed by the UN mission in the Central African Republic as well as by local …