19:00 20.09.2017

Ukraine needs UN's peacekeeping shoulder due Russia's armed aggression and occupation

Ukraine needs UN's peacekeeping shoulder due Russia's armed aggression and occupation

Ukraine needs the help of the United Nations peacekeepers because of Russia's armed aggression unleashed in 2014 against Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said.

"Ukrainian blue helmets have participated in UN operations throughout the world. In many cases, they indeed were instrumental in reaching peace – from the Balkans to Africa… But, today we need the UN's peacekeeping shoulder too," Poroshenko said at a meeting of the UN SC in New York on Wednesday.

Ukraine's involvement in UN peacekeeping did not halt even at the height of the armed attack by Russia, the president said.

"As you are well aware, in 2014 Russia unleashed an armed aggression against Ukraine and occupied a part of its territory. Russia's mantra that 'we are not there' does not hold water," Poroshenko said adding that there are that there are irrefutable facts that Russia creates, directs and sponsors terrorists operating in Donbas.

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