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MP: parliament to decide on peacekeepers after Poroshenko's UN address

"The president is the commander-in-chief."

The Ukrainian parliament will formulate its position on the peacekeepers in Donbas after President Petro Poroshenko delivers an address to the UN, the chairman of the parliamentary subcommittee on military security and defence, Yuriy Bereza, told a roundtable at Gorshenin Institute on Tuesday, 19 September. "We are waiting for the president [to talk] to the UN. He is the commander-in-chief, and we expect him to make the first and fundamental messages," he said.

At the same time, Bereza gave his personal vision of a possible peacekeeping mission in Donbas.

"My vision for a police mission and the continuation of the OSCE mission is that the Ukrainian army should first take control of the border with Russia without entering [Russia-]occupied cities. The army blocks the supplies of ammunition, weapons and manpower across the border," he said.

"After that, the OSCE mission along with a peacekeeping contingent ensure that these areas are demilitarized, cleared of landmines and tonnes of explosives and ammunition, and check all those who killed Ukrainians."

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