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Ukraine to suggest UN send peacekeepers to Donbas

The president will address the General Assembly in September.

Ukraine to suggest UN send peacekeepers to Donbas
Petro Poroshenko
Photo: Presidential press service

President Petro Poroshenko will suggest that the UN dispatch peacekeepers to Donbas when he addresses the General Assembly in New York in September.

He floated the idea during the opening of a theatre in Severodonetsk, according to a tweet by his spokesman Svyatoslav Tseholko.

"Let me be frank, the issue of a UN peacekeeping mission authorized by the UN Security Council and an OSCE armed mission is trudging. The stumbling stone is Russia's flat refusal to establish peace in Donbas, flat refusal to leave Ukraine alone," the Ukrainian News agency quoted Poroshenko as saying.

He noted that Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and has the right to veto but this should not keep Ukraine from pushing this decision forward.