Contents tagged with UN peacekeeping mission

  • LPR and DPR declare that UN peacekeepers will not be allowed into the Donbas without their permission

    Representatives of the so-called LPR and DPR, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deynego, have reacted to statements by the US Department of State's Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, asserting that the deployment of peacekeepers to the Donbas does not need to be coordinated with the separatist republics.

    The representatives from the unrecognized republics assert that they are equal participants in the negotiations, since the leaders of the so-called “People's Republics”, Zakharchenko …

  • Lavrov calls UN peacekeepers in the Donbas 'occupying forces'

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov considers US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker's statement on the mandatory withdrawal of Russian troops from the Donbas to contradict the efforts of the Normandy format countries.

    "There is a way forward: it is an unswerving, conscientious implementation of the Minsk agreements. This has long been carefully handled by the assistants of our leaders in the Normandy format, who agree on a 'road map' that synchronizes steps that increase …

  • Ukrainian MP: Resolution on UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas may be prepared by end of 2017

    A UN Security Council resolution on a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas may be drawn up by the end of 2017, Ukrainian MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc Volodymyr Ariev wrote on Facebook after the meeting of parliamentarians with Kurt Volker, the US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine.

    According to Ariev, the major points of the resolution will be drawn up by Volker himself.

    In Volker’s opinion, “the blue helmets must control the entire territory, including the border, and …

  • US Representative for Ukraine Volker: Russia must withdraw its forces before UN peacekeepers enter Donbas

    Russia must withdraw its forces so that the UN peacekeeping mission can start its work in the Donbas, and Ukraine must coordinate with the UN, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told Hromadske in an interview.

    According to him, initially the parties must agree on the mission’s mandate and determine the composition and number of its staff. These matters are the topic of current negotiations.

    He added that the mission’s presence must become a necessary element in the area of …

  • Muzhenko: Ukraine could lose 12,000 soldiers in 10 days in Donbas power struggle

    Chief of General Staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko pointed out that the Armed Forces are ready for a forceful resolution of the Donbas issue, if the matter is considered in terms of weaponry and control systems. According to preliminary estimates, ten days of an operation using aircraft could result in the loss of 10-12,000 soldiers, 3,000 of whom will be killed. He explained this to reporters on Thursday, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.

    However, Muzhenko doubts that the Ukrainian society is ready …

  • Herashchenko: Ukraine is conducting international negotiations on peacekeeping mission in the Donbas

    Ukraine intends to bring its position in line with partnering countries before submitting a resolution on promoting the peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, and is currently negotiating on this topic, according to the First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, Iryna Herashchenko.

    "The issue is not the submission date for the resolution. It could have been submitted three years ago. The question is that the …

  • Kremlin: the deployment of UN monitors on the Russian border violates the Minsk agreements

    Moscow believes that the Ukraine’s insistence on the need to place the UN peacekeeping mission primarily on the Russian-Ukrainian border violates the sequence of the stages of the Minsk agreement, as stated by the official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

    "Immediately after the introduction of the Russian draft resolution, it was distorted in much of Ukrainian mass media, and presented completely differently," Zakharova said. “One of the serious problems in the …

  • Volker: Russian proposal on peacekeepers in Donbas will further divide Ukraine

    The deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas under the Russian scenario is unacceptable, as this option will further divide the country. However, Russia is already ready for negotiations, as expressed by the US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, in an interview with Voice of America.

    "I believe that the fundamental goals of US policy are clear, as are Ukraine's goals, and they are to restore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as ensure the security …

  • Klimkin: Ukraine will submit a draft resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbas, agreed with foreign partners

    Ukraine will propose a draft resolution on the peacekeeping mission in the Donbas to the UN Security Council, after it coordinates the position with foreign partners, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

    "Nothing has begun regarding the Russian resolution, except for very formal consultations, and even then, only one round was held just to react. We will not take the bait. First, [we propose] the joint position with the "big seven", with the EU. China is also important… Only then …

  • France and Germany are preparing their proposals on the introduction of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas

    The French and German sides are discussing their proposals regarding the mandate of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, reports Andreas Peschke, Director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at the German Federal Foreign Office.

    "As for our participation [...] we are currently discussing this issue with our partners. First and foremost, with our French partners as we closely cooperate in the Normandy format. I believe, following it we will discuss the final option with …