Ukraine submits request for sending UN peacekeeping mission to Donbas

Ukraine has filed a formal request for a UN peacekeeping mission to be deployed in its eastern regions, Associated Press reports.

Its size and scope of the proposed mission would be worked out in consultation with the United Nations, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebiynis said on Friday.

All five permanent members of the UN Security Council are to support the idea of sending a mission, and Russia is highly likely to have a bias against the measure.

In February Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council backed President Poroshenko‘s initiative to ask the United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping mission in war-torn Donbas. Russia and Russian-backed militants slammed the idea saying it would be an ‘attempt to violate the Minsk agreements’.

Sixty-four Ukrainian servicemen had been killed in eastern Ukraine since February 15, when the latest ceasefire, secured at talks in Minsk, Belarus, on February 12, came into force, Poroshenko stated in an interview on Monday.

Over 6,000 persons have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in mid-April 2014, the UN reports.

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