More than 40 countries are ready to take part in an international peacekeeping operation in the Donbass, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.
In his televised address, he noted that the situation had radically changed – a year and a half ago nobody wanted to hear about peacekeepers – they say, it’s very expensive, and nobody wanted to go to Ukraine to help it establish peace.
Poroshenko informed the public that he personally asked the UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres to send a mission to Donbass to assess the conditions for the introduction of peacekeepers.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin himself supported the idea of sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine, stressing that it can only be about the function of ensuring the security of OSCE personnel, and not to transfer legal jurisdiction of the area to the UN.
In Kiev, they believe that peacekeepers should have a broader mandate and be deployed throughout the Donbass region right up to the border with the Russian Federation.