DONETSK, July 12. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s attempt to get support from NATO over the UN mission deployment to Donbass has proved that Kiev is committed to a military solution to the conflict, said Denis Pushilin, the envoy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to the peace talks in Minsk.
"We are not the least surprised that Kiev plans to use any chance for ‘purging’ Donbass, either with the help of a UN contingent or NATO troops, or any other formations," Pushilin was quoted by the Donetsk news agency on Thursday.
"It is a fact that Kiev has not left hope for ending the conflict by force," he said.
Earlier on Thursday, on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels, the military alliance and Ukraine discussed prospects for a UN mission’s deployment to Donbass. The summit’s final declaration says that a potential mission should facilitate implementation of the Minsk peace deal.
Last September, Russian President Putin put forward an idea of deploying a UN mission along the contact line in Donbass to provide security for the OSCE monitoring mission. Later, he said the mission could be deployed to other Donbass areas visited by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.
Kiev disagrees with the format of the mission proposed by Putin and insists the UN mission should be deployed across Donbass, including the section of its border with Russia. Moreover, Kiev pursues the goal of disarming the self-proclaimed republics’ forces, but not of safeguarding the OSCE mission.