Contents tagged with UN peacekeeping mission

  • Ukrainian peacekeeper from the UN mission dies from malaria in Congo

    A Ukrainian soldier from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) died in a hospital in Kampala, Uganda, reported Ukrainsky Novyny citing the statement from the MONUSCO headquarters.

    "The Ukrainian officer who was a military observer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has tragically died.The officer of the Main Directorate of Military Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, …

  • Ukrainian President: Russia will be forced to consent to UN peacekeepers in Donbas

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is confident that Russia will be forced to support the deployment of an international UN peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas and to withdraw its own divisions from the occupied regions of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.

    “The UN peacekeepers, when they come into the Donbas, will force Russia’s occupation forces out of the Ukrainian territories, disarm the illegal armed formations, and ensure the withdrawal of the heavy weaponry and safety for the …

  • NATO begins military exercises in Georgia

    On Monday, Georgia will host the command and staff exercises NATO-GEO EXERCISE 2019. The military of 24 NATO member countries and alliance partners will take part in this event.

    The exercises will be held in the territory of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) until March 29, reported the the Ministry of Defense of Georgia. More than 350 troops from 24 countries will participate in them, as well as representatives of international humanitarian organizations, the …

  • Ukrainian President suggests sending UN evaluation group to the Donbas to prepare for deployment of peacekeepers

    Sending the UN evaluation group to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions can be an important step preceding the deployment of the international peacekeeping forces, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated. He stressed that Ukraine is ready to discuss the mission's mandate.

    "A technical assessment mission that Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres could send to the Donbas for the development of the relevant scenarious would definitely contribute to this discussion,” Poroshenko …

  • Russian Foreign Minister rules out possibility of UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas

    Commenting on the differences between Russia and the West’s approaches to the peacekeeping mission, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a press conference on Wednesday that no UN peacekeeping mission will be sent to the Donbas in the form that Ukraine wants to see.

    “When the OSCE observers’ mission began to experience safety problems – there were incidents, one mission member was killed – in response to the alarm from Germany and France, we proposed to arm the observers with light …

  • 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 …