Poroshenko: Ukraine ready to increase its share in the UN peacekeeping forces to allow deployment of peacekeepers to Donbas
President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that Ukraine is ready to increase its share in the UN peacekeeping forces in order to allow sending peacekeepers to the Donbas, as he indicated at a joint briefing with Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen.
"We have discussed with the President [of Austria] the situation in the occupied Donbas, and the Austrian President assured Vienna’s readiness to adequately contribute to the deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping mission under the UN Security Council decision. I suggested if it is necessary, that Ukraine is ready to increase its share in the peacekeeping forces in other regions and territories," the President of Ukraine stated.
Since its independence Ukraine has participated in more than three dozen peacekeeping, anti-terrorism, humanitarian missions, including in the Balkans, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Côte d'Ivoire.
UN peacekeeping missions are currently ongoing in 15 regions of the world.