Ukraine reproaches UN peacekeepers over inactivity in Donbas

The UN Security Council stands still and does not hear the official position of Kiev.

11 June 2016 10:48

Ukraine is perplexed over the inaction of the UN Security Council in response to a direct request by Kyiv to deploy the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the occupied regions of Donbas, reported Ukrinform citing Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Kislitsa as saying at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday.

The illegal armed groups backed up by regular Russian Armed Forces are still fighting in some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine thereby harming the civilians.

- As a non-permanent member of the Security Council, Ukraine knows firsthand that sometimes the UN Security Council cannot respond quickly to the threats to the civilian population as an absence of host country consent prevents the Peacekeeping Mission from deploying. However, it is difficult to explain the Council’s inaction following Ukraine’s direct request to deploy the UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine as its presence would provide additional protection to civilians, as well as contribute to the cessation of violence, said a spokesman of the Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.

Kislitsa recalled that since 2014, about 2 thousand civilians have been killed during armed clashes mainly due to "shelling of the settlements with various artillery systems."

The diplomat stressed that in case the UN Security Council continues standing still Ukraine will be forced to use the other options at the regional level in order to get the international armed forces deployed in the occupied territories, as well as protect the civilian population and make Russia comply with the Minsk Agreements.

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