KIEV (Sputnik) — Poroshenko will hand over his proposal to expand the mandate of the UN mission in Donbass to the UNSC, Ukrainian presidential parliamentary representative Irina Lutsenko said Monday.
"The [Ukrainian] President Petro Poroshenko, during his speech to the Security Council, will insist on expanding the UN peacekeepers' mandate on maintaining peace, that will enable the 'blue helmets' to use weapons not only for self-defense," Lutsenko said at the parliamentary fractions meeting.
Lutsenko added that Ukrainian authorities advocated the deployment of peacekeepers across the entirety of the "temporarily occupied" self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. The peacekeepers would be responsible not only for the protecting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission but also for demining activities and disarmament, she explained.
Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the future of the peacekeeping initiative depended on how constructive Kiev's and Washington's position on the issue is.
In April, Ukrainian President Poroshenko suggested the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbass. The Kremlin reacted to Poroshenko's proposal by stressing the importance of consultations among all sides, including eastern Ukraine's self-proclaimed republics.
The military operation in eastern Ukraine was launched by Kiev in 2014 after residents of the region refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government. In 2015, a ceasefire agreement brokered by the leaders of the Normandy Four group (France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine) was reached in Minsk, but the situation has remained tense, with both parties accusing each other of violating the ceasefire.