Friday, September 15 2017 23:53 EEST
Russia’s offer to bring UN peacekeepers to Donbas is ‘mockery over Ukraine’, - ex-president
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The Kremlin has been ‘mocking’ Ukraine and the rest of the world by offering to implement the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. Leonid Kuchma, the ex-president of Ukraine and this country’s official envoy in the Minsk talks group, said that in the commentary for the press during the Yalta European Strategy forum.

Kuchma added that bringing UN peacekeepers to Donbas could take place only after Ukraine takes the entire length of its state border under control.

Earlier, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said deploying the armed UN peacekeepers mission in Donbas would be instrumental in solving the conflict. He charged the Russian foreign ministry to develop and hand over to the UN Security Council the respective draft resolution.

The Ukrainian government opposes the idea of bringing UN peacekeepers to Donbas before the Ukrainian troops can re-gain control over the state border; besides, Ukraine’s UN ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko insisted that the Russian army should not be allowed in this UN contingent.

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