Poroshenko submits int'l peacekeeping project to Ukrainian parliament

16 March 2015 12:03

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft resolution on the appeal to the UN Security Council and the Council of the European Union to deploy international peacekeeping operations in the country.

Relevant draft resolution No. 2379 on the approval of Ukraine's appeal to the UN Security Council and the Council of the EU on the deployment of international peacekeeping operations in the territory of Ukraine was posted on the parliament website on March 16The proposed international peacekeeping mission may be deployed to Ukraine to maintain peace and security in the war-torn country.

Poroshenko first announced the idea to deploy UN- or EU-mandated peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine in February. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the issue is up to the UN Security Council, while a number of Russian officials questioned Kiev's willingness to adhere to the Minsk agreements.

President of Ukraine, in turn said that an intention to send international peacekeepers to the east of Ukraine by no means contradicts Minsk Deals.

"We don't view peacekeepers as an alternative to the OSCE, which today physically can't cope with its observation and monitoring mission," the president said.

Ukraine's army and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine has agreed on a ceasefire in Minsk last month. The deal obliged the warring sides to withdraw heavy weaponry from the front lines and charged the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) with monitoring the ceasefire.