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Ukraine hands position on peacekeepers in Donbas over to UN Secretary General

Kyiv against the presence of Russian peacekeepers.

Ukraine hands position on peacekeepers in Donbas over to UN Secretary General
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The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations formally presented to the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Chairman of the Security Council of the organization the position of Kyiv on the introduction of a peacekeeping contingent to Donbas. "We have brought to the attention of the Secretary General and the Chairman of the UN Security Council the position of Ukraine regarding the UN peacekeeping mission in ORDLO," Ukrainian UN mission stated on Twitter Thursday, 7 September.

Ukrainian diplomats posted a photocopy of the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine as 5 September, in which the ministry reacted to the statement of the Russian leadership on the possibility of deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas.

The document states that Ukraine opposes the presence of Russian peacekeepers in the contingent, since Russia is an aggressor country in relation to Ukraine.

Yesterday, Russia submitted to the UN Security Council its own draft resolution on the introduction of peacekeepers in Donbas

Earlier, Russian President Putin said that Russia agrees to the deployment of peacekeepers only along the contact line but not the border with Russia, and only to ensure the safety of OSCE observers. According to Putin, the deployment of UN forces is possible only after the withdrawal of weapons and in coordination with the representatives of illegal "LPR" and "DPR" militant groups.

In response, Ukrainian foreign ministry named the requirements, the observance of which is necessary for the introduction of a peacekeeping mission to Donbas. The conditions include the withdrawal of Russian occupation troops from Donbas and the absence of Russian personnel in the peacekeeping mission.