The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko insisted that these discussions included the topic of bringing peacekeepers to Donbass, reports the press service of the Ukrainian leader.
According to Kiev, peacekeepers should be located on the line of contact, as well as on the line of interstate border between Ukraine and Russia.
Also, the participants of telephone conversations noted that commencement of a series of measures related to ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the war zone in the Donbass area led to a decrease in the number of civilian casualties. In addition, the parties expressed their readiness to actively support the work of the OSCE monitoring mission during this important phase of the settlement of the conflict, said on the website of the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, the head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Ilkka Kanerva has already posed the question of sending an international peacekeeping mission to Ukraine during the meeting of the Assembly on February 19, reports Interfax. After the events in Debaltseve I have to offer to consider sending international peacekeeping mission to Ukraine”, – said Kanerva.
On February 18, Petro Poroshenko personally introduced the idea of inviting to Ukraine of the UN police mission and the European Union. In turn, the Secretary of the National Security Council, Alexander Turchinov said that there is a need for peacekeeping forces that will be located along the line of contact, as well as on the portion of the Ukrainian border which is not controlled by Kiev.
Kiev’s idea to invite peacekeepers to Ukraine was criticized by Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin. According to him, such statements by Kiev leadership make him question the intentions of the Ukrainian authorities to implement Minsk Agreements. DPR also called this topic premature.
On February 12, as the result of the negotiations of the “Normand Four” in Minsk, a series of measures to resolve the conflict in the Donbass has been adopted. The signed agreement provides a complete cease-fire as of February 15, as well as withdrawal of heavy weapons by the parties from the combat zone and OSCE monitoring of compliance with the truce.