First Deputy -Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and Ukrainian representative in the Trilateral Contact Group for Donbas peace talks Iryna Gerashchenko says that the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission along the contact line in eastern Ukraine is out of the question, as the peacekeepers should be deployed throughout the entire Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia.
“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin, in the best traditions of hybrid warfare, is trying to distort the Ukrainian leaders’ idea as for peacekeepers in Donbas by turning everything upside down,” she said in a comment on his statement that he considers peacekeepers in Donbas quite appropriate, but they may stay only on the division line.
“He instructs his loyal minister to submit a resolution to the UN Security Council on peacekeepers on the line of contact. Wait a minute: the division line became the contact line because of Russian aggression,” Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook on Sept. 5.
“For us it is a line of contact, a contact line with temporarily occupied areas, a line that must disappear for good from Ukrainian territory on the day of securing the border [with Russia]. This is not the frontier of Ukraine, so there can be no talks about peacekeepers along the contact line,” she added.
She stressed that peacekeepers should be deployed across the entire territory of Ukraine occupied by Russian troops “in order to monitor the situation with security and demilitarization.” “Their mandate must end on the Ukrainian-Russian border, and this is Izvaryne and other [border] checkpoints, rather than Stanysia Luhanska [well to the rear in Luhansk region],” she added.
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