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Ukraine mulls three options of peacekeeping mission in Donbas

Russia cannot participate in the peacekeeping mission.

Ukraine mulls three options of peacekeeping mission in Donbas
Photo: Photo: UN / Marco Dormino

Ukraine is considering three options for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to Donbas, a member of the parliament committee on national security and defence, MP Artur Herasymov, has said, according to the press service of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction.

"There are several options being considered: the first one is, for example, the format mentioned by the president at the UN General Assembly; the deployment of OSCE peacekeepers, and the deployment of a police mission from Europe. Time will tell what proves to be faster and more effective," Herasymov said.

The government is doing everything possible to accelerate this process, Herasymov said.

He noted that Russia cannot participate in the peacekeeping mission.

"Russia is an aggressor state. One cannot be an aggressor and a peacemaker at the same time. It is never going to happen," he added.

Ukraine has been calling for a peacekeeping mission to Donbas for two years.

In early March 2015, Poroshenko signed a decree under which Ukraine would ask the UN Security Council to deploy peacekeepers to Donbas.

In June 2015, parliament adopted a law regulating a possible international peacekeeping and security operation in Ukraine by expanding the grounds for the admission and stay of foreign army units on the territory of Ukraine.

A year later, Ukraine expressed concerns over the lack of action on the part of the UN Security Council in response to a direct request from Kyiv to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission to the occupied regions of Donbas.

Poroshenko plans to raise the issue again at a session of the UN General Assembly in September.