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The Americans have proposed to expand the powers and the zone of presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas, as reported by Interfax citing a source familiar with the negotiations between the Russian Presidential aide, Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker.
According to the source, during the meeting, the United States proposed amendments to the Russian draft resolution on the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Eastern Ukraine.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said on Inter TV channel that the joint draft of the UN resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbas is almost ready.
"I talked with Kurt [Volker - US Special Representative for Ukraine] a few hours ago. We agreed on the main parameters of our position, in fact the text of the resolution, our draft, is almost ready. I say ours, because we are working together with the US, Germany, and France, as well as with the UK, following a very clear logic," …
US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the Russian Federation and the United States have not yet reached an agreement on the possibility of deploying a UN mission in eastern Ukraine during a meeting with journalists.
He recalled that in September, Russia proposed deploying a peacekeeping contingent on the contact line in the Donbas to protect the staff of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM).
"The Russian proposal was only for the line of conflict and only to protect …
The US advised Ukraine not to introduce a competing resolution on the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas in response to the Russian resolution, but rather to attempt to reach an agreement, as expressed by US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker.
“Several years ago Ukraine introduced the idea of deploying a UN peacekeeping mission in Eastern Ukraine. At the time Russia was not willing to look into it. When Russia put forward its own idea in September, Ukraine was …
Representatives of the so-called LPR and DPR, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deynego, have reacted to statements by the US Department of State's Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, asserting that the deployment of peacekeepers to the Donbas does not need to be coordinated with the separatist republics.
The representatives from the unrecognized republics assert that they are equal participants in the negotiations, since the leaders of the so-called “People's Republics”, Zakharchenko …
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov considers US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker's statement on the mandatory withdrawal of Russian troops from the Donbas to contradict the efforts of the Normandy format countries.
"There is a way forward: it is an unswerving, conscientious implementation of the Minsk agreements. This has long been carefully handled by the assistants of our leaders in the Normandy format, who agree on a 'road map' that synchronizes steps that increase …
A UN Security Council resolution on a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas may be drawn up by the end of 2017, Ukrainian MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc Volodymyr Ariev wrote on Facebook after the meeting of parliamentarians with Kurt Volker, the US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine.
According to Ariev, the major points of the resolution will be drawn up by Volker himself.
In Volker’s opinion, “the blue helmets must control the entire territory, including the border, and …
Russia must withdraw its forces so that the UN peacekeeping mission can start its work in the Donbas, and Ukraine must coordinate with the UN, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told Hromadske in an interview.
According to him, initially the parties must agree on the mission’s mandate and determine the composition and number of its staff. These matters are the topic of current negotiations.
He added that the mission’s presence must become a necessary element in the area of …
Chief of General Staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko pointed out that the Armed Forces are ready for a forceful resolution of the Donbas issue, if the matter is considered in terms of weaponry and control systems. According to preliminary estimates, ten days of an operation using aircraft could result in the loss of 10-12,000 soldiers, 3,000 of whom will be killed. He explained this to reporters on Thursday, Ukrayinska Pravda reports.
However, Muzhenko doubts that the Ukrainian society is ready …
Ukraine intends to bring its position in line with partnering countries before submitting a resolution on promoting the peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, and is currently negotiating on this topic, according to the First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, Iryna Herashchenko.
"The issue is not the submission date for the resolution. It could have been submitted three years ago. The question is that the …