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Peacekeepers Unnecessary in Eastern Ukraine - Russia's OSCE Envoy

16.04.2015 15:53

Russia's permanent envoy to the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe Andrei Kelin said there is currently no need for peacekeeping troops in eastern Ukraine.

"In general, we believe that the OSCE observer mission is operating normally and there is no need to reinforce a peacekeeping contingent," Kelin said. In February, Ukrainian authorities asked the UN Security Council and the EU Council to send an international peacekeeping operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. On April 14, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that the talks on the deployment of peacekeeping forces in Ukraine's southeast would continue.

At the moment, the OSCE is monitoring the situation in Donbas where combats between Kiev forces and the region's militias have been taking place. According to OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, there is no guarantee that a UN peacekeeping operation in Ukraine might be more successful than the current OSCE mission.