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Russia argues against UN assessment mission to Donbas

Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin argues against Kyiv’s proposal to send the UN peacekeepers to Donbas
Russia argues against UN assessment mission to Donbas

Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin called Kyiv’s proposal to send the UN peacekeepers to Donbas an attempt to distract attention from the Minsk Agreements, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Russian edition RIA Novosti.

“We consider all the talks about deploying of the UN peacekeeping mission to the eastern Ukraine as an attempt to divert attention from Kyiv’s failure to implement a number of key provisions of the Minsk Agreements of 12 February 2015″, – said Churkin.

He noted that the OSCE supervise “the international accompaniment” of the Agreements reached deals with, the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE observes the situation “on the ground”, and it “has all the necessary tools.”

It should be recalled that Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, during presenting his credentials to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on January 4, 2016 said that one of the ways the UN could contribute to the de-escalation of the situation in Donbas would be deployment of a peacekeeping mission there.

“We invite the assessment mission of the UN Secretariat to visit Ukraine to study the situation on the ground”, – said the envoy. – “The establishment of the UN mission in support of the implementation of the Minsk agreements in Ukraine could be another possible area for cooperation,” – Yelchenko said.

Russia-backed representative of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” at the Minsk talks Denis Pushilin has also supported Russia’s position and denounced Ukrainian initiative. Pushilin expressed the view that “this is another attempt of the Ukrainian side to revise the Minsk Agreements, which is unacceptable and did not contribute to their implementation.”

Despite the presence of the OSCE SMM in the territory, occupied by Russia-backed illegal armed groups, militants not just constantly attack the Anti-Terrorist Operation forces of Ukriane, but also commit crimes against local civilian people.