Poroshenko to speak at UNGA about need to deploy UN peacekeepers to occupied Donbas, including on state border with Russia
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stressed the need for progress in resolving the conflict in the Donbas by deploying a UN-led peacekeeping contingent throughout the entire territory of the occupied part of the region and intends to raise this issue at a session of the UN General Assembly.
"Real progress in the settlement [of the conflict in the Donbas] should be demonstrated, and its main indicator is the coordination of parameters for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission under the auspices of the United Nations in the Donbas, necessarily throughout the entire territory of occupied areas, necessarily with its exit to the Russian-Ukrainian border," he said from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday morning, while addressing the parliament with an annual message on the internal and external situation of Ukraine.
The head of the Ukrainian state said he intends to raise this issue personally at the UN General Assembly.
According to Poroshenko, this will create conditions for the implementation of the security clauses of the Minsk agreements, including the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.
"If this does not happen, the law on the special order of local self-governance will not start working. All responsibility for disrupting the Minsk process will lie with Russia," Poroshenko said.