Ukraine’s ex-president – Any UN peacekeeping mission in Donbass needs to protect local people

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September 16, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Ukraine’s former president Leonid Kuchma told reporters at Friday’s annual conference dubbed “Yalta European Strategy” (“YES”) that a future UN peacekeeping mission in Donbass should provide security to the local people.

“It would be wrong to propose peacemakers so that they protected peacemakers. They should protect the population, in the first instance,” he said, referring to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbass.

On September 5, at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order, the Russian representative delegation in the UN sent to the Secretary-General and the Chairman of the UN Security Council a draft resolution on deployment of peacemakers along the Donbass contact line to provide security for employees of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), TASS reported. 

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