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Poroshenko tells European ex-presidents why Ukraine needs UN peacekeepers

If Ukraine wants to stop the aggressor, it will need the support of a peacekeeping mission under the auspices of the UN. It was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting with delegation of former heads of state

The meeting was attended by President of Romania (1996-2000) Emil Constantinescu, President of Moldova (1997-2000) Petru Lucinschi, President of Latvia (2007-2011) Valdis Zatlers, President of Ukraine (1991-1994) Leonid Kravchuk, President of Ukraine (2005-2010) Viktor Yushchenko, Advisor to the UN for mediation in resolving conflicts Antje Herrberg and Executive Secretary of Nizami Ganjavi International Center Rovshan Muradov, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the press service of the head of state.

"Ukraine is doing everything possible to achieve peace and is fighting for freedom and democracy of the entire Europe taking the majority of the aggressor's hits," said Poroshenko.

During the meeting the parties exchanged their views on the ways to achieve peaceful solution to the situation in the Donbas region with involvement of broad experience and capabilities of all international organizations and institutions.

"Nobody in Europe recognizes the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Donbas is a war of Russia against Ukraine. I also think that the engagement of the international peacekeeping mission is the only option," former President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers noted.

Speaking of sanctions against Russia, he said: "On the eve of sanctions, our country was worried that they would affect our economy as well. But after the imposition of sanctions our people understood that we need peace in Europe. And sanctions are the price for this peace."

Earlier we reported that the deputies of all major political groups in the European Parliament appealed to provide Ukraine with a visa-free regime with the EU by the Riga Eastern Partnership summit to be held on May 21-22.