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Friday, February 23, 2018

Ukraine wants to give the UN peacekeepers “license to kill”

The representative of the President of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada Irina Lutsenko after the conciliation Council of the Verkhovna Rada told about the beginning of today international visit of Petro Poroshenko. The leader of Ukraine will hold a series of meetings in the United States, will speak at the United Nations, and then will move to Canada.

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In particular, while chatting with U.S. President Donald trump (it is scheduled for 21 September), during the speeches before the members of the UN Security Council and to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, Poroshenko will justify the need to empower UN peacekeepers expanded mandate. This probably means the solution to “blue helmets” to use weapons not only in self-defence.

Irina Lutsenko reiterated previously announced, Ukraine’s foreign Ministry thesis on mandatory admission of peacekeeping forces in all uncontrolled Kiev areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions and the deployment of “blue helmets” directly with the 420 kilometers of the Ukrainian-Russian border – that is, at its segments, which is currently controlled by the armies of the DNI and LC. UN peacekeepers should be not only to ensure the safety of members of the monitoring mission of the OSCE. In addition, they must “compel” the military personnel of the DND and LNR to disarmament and demining. Lutsenko believes the deployment of “blue helmets” along the border of Ukraine and Russia the key to the impossibility of carrying out of rotation of “occupation forces”.

The Deputy Minister of the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons Georgy Tuka on Monday described the estimated number of UN peacekeepers, without which no peace in the Donbas – from 40 to 60 thousand. Such an army, it was argued on behalf of the official, is able to “balance” the number of troops of the armies DND and LNR, which, according to NATO, there are now over 40 thousand people.

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