US Special Representative Volker: peacekeeping mission will help to resolve the conflict in the Donbas

The US Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker believes that a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas will help to resolve the conflict and will facilitate the implementation of the Minsk agreements. He stated this at the second Ukrainian lunch "Ukraine on the Frontlines of a New Kind of Warfare: Lessons for the West, and Prospects for Peace," which was organized on the sidelines of the Munich conference on security.

According to Volker, Russia says that they care how people live in the East of Ukraine, they want to protect the Russian-speaking population in the East and that is why Moscow supports the so-called Republics. "But the best way to protect people will be the deployment of peacekeeping forces that will put an end to the conflict and ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” he said.

At the same time, he stated that the West would like the separatist-held territories to rejoin Ukraine again, after which elections will be held there. Volker admitted that "the special status" is possible there, but it is important that it is established within Ukraine.

As earlier reported, Volker believes that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to the opposite of what Moscow expected.

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