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Militia leader: deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas will ruin Kiev’s plans for IMF loans

April 21, 2015, 18:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The International Monetary Fund will extend no loans if Kiev imposes martial law

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MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. The Ukrainian authorities’ calls to deploy peacekeepers in the troubled Donbas are a mere political speculation since a peacekeeping operation would ruin its plans for IMF loans so badly needed by the Ukrainian economy, Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), said on Tuesday.

"It is not in Kiev’s interests to admit the existence of conditions for the deployment of peacekeepers: the International Monetary Fund will extend no loans if Kiev imposes martial law," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

"There are a number of conditions under which peacekeeping troops may be deployed. It is a world practice committed to paper in international agreements," Zakharchenko said. "Thus, it is necessary to impose martial law and admit full-scale warfare going on. For instance, these conditions were met in the case of Yugoslavia, while in this case they are not."

Overnight to April 21, the press service of the Ukrainian president said President Poroshenko had had talks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and they had allegedly "agreed on further moves towards a possible deployment of a peacekeeping contingent in Donbass under the UN aegis". Commenting on this statement, DPR’s representative at the Contact Group on Ukraine Denis Pushilin said it ran counter to the Minsk agreements.

A peace deal struck on February 12 in Minsk, Belarus, by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and people’s militias starting from February 15, followed by withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of military engagement and prisoner release.

Among the terms of the deal was agreement for international observers sent by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to monitor the truce.

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