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Deployment of peacekeepers in Ukraine not envisioned by Minsk documents — DPR envoy

March 02, 2015, 18:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The OSCE copes with the functions and there are no grounds to change anything, self-proclaimed DPR official representative in the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement Denis Pushilin says
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Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

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MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Involvement by Kiev of foreign peacekeepers to be deployed in Donbas (Donetsk and Luhansk regions) is out of line with the Minsk agreements and may put at risk the further process of peace settlement, self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) official representative in the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement Denis Pushilin said Monday.

"Despite our repeated statements that it is necessary to strictly follow the Package of Measures on implementation of the Minsk agreements, [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko approved a request to the UN and EU on deployment of peacekeepers to Ukraine, signing a relevant decree," Pushilin, who is also a deputy chairman of the DPR parliament, told the Donetsk news agency.

Meanwhile, "deployment in Ukraine of an international operation of the UN contingent is not stipulated by the Package of Measures on implementation of the Minsk agreements," he said.

"Points 2, 3, 10 and 12 of the document signed in Minsk vest the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] with the role of the observer monitoring and verifying the ceasefire regime and heavy armaments withdrawal, as well as other measures to restore the vital activity of the regional population," Pushilin said.

"In our view, the OSCE copes with the functions and there are no grounds to change anything. Moreover, it is very dangerous because interference may disrupt the launched process, which is turning the conflict round toward peace with such great efforts," he said.

The DPR representative urged official Kiev to stick to the reached agreements, and called on countries participants of the Minsk-2 meeting to push for the sides to strictly follow the reached agreements.

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