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Donetsk Peoples' Republic Rejects Kiev's UNSC Peacekeeping Force Proposal

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DPR representatives have rejected Kiev's proposal to send UN Security Council peacekeeping mission to Donbas.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples' Republic (DPR) has rejected Kiev's offer to send UN Security Council member states' representatives to the region in order to discuss a peacekeeping mission in Donbas, the DPR envoy to the Minsk peace talks said Friday.

"I would like to remind [everyone] that there is a package of measures for implementing the Minsk agreements, which was signed on February 12, 2015. According to article 3 of the document, control and verification are entrusted to the special OSCE monitoring mission. No representatives from the UN or from other peacekeeping organizations are provided for," Denis Pushilin said as quoted by the Donetsk news agency.

Kiev's offer is its latest attempt at revising the Minsk protocols, Pushilin added, stressing that such instances are non-conductive to implementing the peace agreement.

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On Sunday, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko told Ukrainian Apostrophe news website that Kiev would intensify efforts in calling for peacekeeper deployment into the country's crisis-torn eastern region during Ukraine's non-permanent membership in the UNSC.

Ukraine became a non-permanent UNSC member from the beginning of 2016 after a UN General Assembly decision on October 15, 2015.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko requested the deployment of UN peacekeepers to Donbas in February 2015. The deployment of peacekeeping missions has been deemed as "unacceptable" by DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko.

The Ukrainian government has been conducting a military operation in the the breakaway eastern regions since April 2014.

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