Ukrainian President: peacekeepers mission in Donbas is a test for the Kremlin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated on his Twitter page that the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas would not only be a way of restoring peace, it would also serve as a test of Moscow’s genuine intentions.

Poroshenko stressed that a primary task for the restoration of peace in the Donbas is deployment of a multi-national, UN-mandated peacekeeping mission. According to Poroshenko, another more efficient method does not yet exist.

“The proposal for mission in the Donbas is both a path to peace and a test of the genuineness of Kremlin’s intentions,” Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.“If Moscow seeks peace, then a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas is a chance for them to show it to the whole world.”

Moscow and Kyiv have differing views on the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas.

Ukraine insists that the peacekeepers must be on the part of the border shared with Russia in order to prevent the movement of weapons into Ukrainian territory. Kremlin believes that the peacekeepers should be placed along the demarcation line.

  Ukraine, Russia, UN peacekeeping mission, Donbas