Ukrainian President repeats call for peacekeepers to Donbas at UN Security Council

Ukrainian President Poroshenko shows military IDs of Russian officers captured in Donbas. Photo: screenshot from video

Ukrainian President Poroshenko shows military IDs of Russian officers captured in Donbas. Photo: screenshot from video 

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Speaking at the United Nations Security Council debate on the Reform of the UN Peacekeeping on 20 September 2017, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko showed the military IDs of Russian servicemen captured in Ukraine’s Donbas, where a conflict between Russian proxy forces and the Ukrainian army is dragging into its fourth year, and reiterated his call to send UN peacekeepers to the region.

Poroshenko stressed that there is undeniable proof of Russian involvement in the conflict as he showed the military IDs:

“The Russia’s mantra that ‘we are not there’ does not hold water. There are undeniable facts that Russia creates, leads, controls and sponsors terrorists operating in Donbas. This is more evidence – these are IDs of Russian officers and soldiers, some of them are in Ukrainian prisons, for their illegal actions on the occupation of Ukrainian land.”

The incident with IDs was picked up by the witty @Ukraine twitter account run by Poroshenko’s press officer and team.

The Ukrainian President said that the three-year-long Russia’s aggression has cost Ukraine over 10 thousand people killed, about 25,000 wounded and about 1.8 million internally displaced and reminded that in spring 2015 Ukraine officially requested the President of the Security Council to deploy a UN peacekeeping operation to Ukraine.

Since then, the situation hasn’t improved, Poroshenko said, and repeated this request:

“Despite repeated cease-fire initiatives, ordinary people continue to suffer. The Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine recorded 161 conflict-related civilian casualties in the period from mid-May to August 2017, with 26 deaths and 135 injuries. […] People’s rights to life, liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience continue to be violated on a daily basis. They can be killed for going to a wrong church, speaking a wrong language – or just disagreeing. If tragedy on this scale doesn’t warrant UN peace presence, then what does?!”

The path to peace, he stressed, must include the withdrawal of all foreign military personnel, mercenaries, and their weapons and equipment from Ukraine, as well as securing Ukraine’s control over the Ukrainian-Russian state border to prevent Russian troops, arms, equipment, and mercenaries from infiltrating into Donbas.

A UN peacekeeping operation should restore Ukraine’s control over its territory rather than freeze the conflict and cement the occupation, he said, offering veiled criticism over Russia’s recent draft of a resolution on a peacekeeping mission to Ukraine, after several years of blocking Ukraine’s proposals.

Here is a video recording of Petro Poroshenko speaking about a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas at a press meeting at the UNSC debate:

According to Russia’s resolution, the UN mission should focus solely on providing security for the OSCE officials and operate on the contact line between Ukraine’s forces and the militias of the Russian proxy self-proclaimed “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” It was welcomed by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who said that the deployment of UN peacekeepers could become the first major step towards lifting anti-Russian sanctions. According to him, implementation of this proposal could even lay the foundation for a “new period of détente” in relations between Europe and Russia. Ukraine’s plan, however, envisions peacekeepers to be situated everywhere in Donbas, including the border currently uncontrolled by Ukraine, and that they not be of Russian origin.

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  • zorbatheturk

    There can be no relaxing of the tension with RuSSia until the Putinator is well and truly booted out of office and replaced by a non-siloviki government. RuSSia has menaced Europe and the world for long enough. How about some peacekeepers in Syria, too?

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Putin’s propagandists have stated that the Kremlin’s suggestions for a UN peacekeeping force in Russian occupied Donbas were only at the stage of being floated among the members of the UN Security Council for the purpose of determining support for the Russian “initiative”. While that might be partially correct, there are other reasons which in all probability would be far more substantive.To begin with, the Russians are more than aware that their proposals as written would never secure the approval of the US, Britain and France because it would only lead to the freezing of the conflict in Donbas and more importantly it could represent the first step in redrawing Ukraine’s de jure boundaries with Russia. As such, if it came to a vote then Western powers would almost certainly veto the proposal. So why would the Russians even bother? Subterfuge, perhaps? Considering the low esteem that the Russians now have among the vast majority of the international community, would it not make sense to try and present themselves as peace makers and by implication presenting the Western powers as war mongers? Another possibility might involve Russia’s attempt to save face by eventually acceding to Ukrainian and Western demands that any UN peace keeping force be allowed to be present throughout Russian occupied Eastern Donbas, including the official Russo-Ukrainian border. In the meantime, the Russians would withdraw and be rid of a financial nightmare. However, Putin in all probability would not leave without attempting to get something in return. Perhaps, an end to sanctions or even a Western recognition of Crimea as part of Russia? After all, anything is possible from Stalin’s “wannabe” son-in-law.

    • Oknemfrod

      He may very much like to attempt it, but at this point in the international political discourse, he has zero chance of getting either of those concessions. He might have a shot at getting some of the sanctions linked to the Donbas occupation lifted, yet the West will never recognize Crimea as Russian, nor the sanctions associated with its annexation will be ever lifted until Crimea is entirely vacated and cleansed of every single Russian national. In fact, they should be never lifted before Russia has paid the reparations for wreaking havoc in both Donbas and Crimea in full.

      • Ihor Dawydiak

        Agreed. However, extracting reparations from Russia would be problematic since Putin’s “Empire” has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. In that regard, would it not be ironic if Pompous Putin was forced to offer historical Ukrainian ethnographic territories presently in Russia and bordering Ukraine such as the Kuban Region to Ukraine in order to settle the reparations issue. After all, it happened to Germany as a consequence of WWII and as such it could also happen to Russia.

        • Screwdriver

          You guys are funny :-)
          Go get some Bounty towels to swipe your wet dreams off. :-)

        • Oknemfrod

          It would be highly ironic indeed, however it would be of a dubious value. For, unlike in the case with Germany after its total defeat, such transfer would also bring with it gobs of stupid bellicose sheeple – and I don’t have to remind you neither the manner by which their predecessors were resettled there from various Zasransks nor their attitude towards Ukraine in general.

  • veth