Contents tagged with peacekeeping mission

  • German Foreign Minister: peacekeepers must be present in all separatist-held territory of Donbas

    At a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, in Kyiv on Wednesday, the German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, stated that the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas should be extended to the separatist-controlled territory and its members must be armed.

    "This has to be an armed, powerful UN peacekeeping mission that is present across the entire separatist-held territory and not only one guarding the OSCE observers as a small group," …

  • Ukrainian official: there are no prospects for peacekeeping mission in Donbas

    Ukraine’s representative in a subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, the former Prime Minister, former Minister of Defense, and former Chairperson of the National Security and Defense Council, Yevhen Marchuk, does not see the possibility a United Nations peacekeeping mission being deployed to the Donbas, as he discussed on the Fifth channel on Tuesday, January 2.

    “Frankly speaking, I have little hope that the peacekeeping personnel will help resolve anything in the immediate future,” …

  • Turchynov: Russia is deploying forces to the border with Ukraine 'disguising them as peacekeepers'

    Russia began to deploy military forces to the Ukrainian border, which it is going to "disguise" as UN peacekeepers, as stated on Saturday by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov.

    According to him, negotiations on the introduction of peacekeeping forces in the Donbas are very serious.

    "However all of Russia's attempts to "disguise" its forces as peacekeepers, which it has already begun to build up near the borders with Ukraine, will be in vain," …

  • Poroshenko and Tillerson discussed peacekeeping mission in the Donbas

     Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s and United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conducted a telephone conversation, as reported on the web site of the Ukrainian President.

    "Both sides expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the agreements reached between the presidents of Ukraine and the US during their meeting in New York. Poroshenko thanked Tillerson for Ukraine's support during the ongoing Russian aggression," the report says.

    The interlocutors coordinated further …

  • Media: Volker and Surkov discussed peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine during recent meeting in Belgrade

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Russian Presidential Advisor Vladislav Surkov discussed the introduction of a peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas during their meeting in Belgrade, a Ukrainian government source told Apostrophe news website.

    “Initially the peacekeepers will facilitate the delimitation of forces, a complete ceasefire and the withdrawal of equipment. Thereafter the Verkhovna Rada will adopt laws as part of the Minsk agreements, and there will be an exchange …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker and Putin’s aide Surkov held talks in Belgrade

    Negotiations between Russian Presidential Assistant Vladislav Surkov and US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker were constructive, RBC news agency reports quoting Surkov as saying.

    "We discussed the draft resolution of the UN on the Donbas proposed by Russia, and understanding was found on a number of positions. Most of which were recognized as surmountable," Surkov said.

    He added that both sides stressed the need to carry out the Minsk deals, with the Normandy …

  • Russia: Peacekeepers in Donbas needed only for protection of OSCE

    Russian Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matviyenko said she sees no logic in the U.S. State Department’s proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers to the border of Russia and Ukraine.

    “I see no logic in this suggestion,” said the speaker of the Federation Council to reporters after a meeting with Speaker of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan Akja Nurberdiyewa, as reported by TASS news agency.

    Matvienko brought up the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to …

  • Rasmussen: Russia agreed to peacekeepers because of the threat of Ukraine receiving lethal weapons

    Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during the 14th Yalta European Strategy (YES) annual meeting that Ukraine's partners could loosen sanctions against Russia after the introduction of UN peacekeepers in Donbas with a full-fledged mandate.

     “If Russia accepts what I said - namely, giving the UN peacekeeping mission a clear mandate with full control of the Russian-Ukrainian border and covering the entire territory to protect the population, then a carrot can be given to …

  • Poroshenko: peacekeepers have to be in all of the Donbas including the areas where Russia stores weapons

    The UN peacekeeping mission should be deployed throughout the Donbas, including the territories where the Russian Federation stores weapons, as expressed by President Petro Poroshenko on his Facebook page.

    "Peacekeepers should be present everywhere, including the territories where Russia keeps weapons and on the uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian border," he wrote.

    "It would stop the flow of Russian troops, weapons, and ammunition very quickly. The potential for aggression would have …

  • Volker: deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas according to Russia’s proposal will further divide Ukraine

    The introduction of UN peacekeepers into the conflict zone in the Donbas according to the scenario proposed by Russia will aggravate the division of Ukraine, as stated by Special Envoy of the US State Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker, who arrived in Kyiv to participate in the forum "Yalta European Strategy" on Saturday, September 16.

    Volker stressed that the dispatch of peacekeepers by itself is an "interesting offer" but the international forces should replace the Russian troops in the …