Ukraine to initiate UN discussion on peacekeeping mission in Donbas

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/13 1:51:11

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Tuesday that he will initiate a discussion at the United Nations on a possible deployment of the UN peacekeeping troops in Ukraine's conflict-hit eastern region of Donbas.

Poroshenko told reporters that he plans to launch the discussion at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, which will be officially opened in New York later Tuesday.

"I plan to participate in the meeting of the UN Security Council, where we will raise the issue of deploying the blue helmets," Poroshenko said.

He emphasized that the UN force could help settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine via political and diplomatic means.

It is reported that Poroshenko would travel to New York later this weekend.

The armed confrontation between government troops and pro-independence insurgents in Donbas region has been underway since April 2014, claiming about 10,000 lives.

On Sept. 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will ask the UN Security Council to send peacekeepers to patrol the contact line in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said on the same day that Kiev was ready to consider the deployment of peacekeeping troops.

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