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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed on the need for the full implementation of the 'Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements,' according to the statement of the United Nations.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed on the need to fully implement the Minsk II peace deal, aimed at resolving the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations said in a statement Tuesday.

    "During the phone call, they discussed the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and agreed on the need for the full implementation of the 'Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements,'" a UN readout said.

    Ban Ki-moon also reiterated that only the UN Security Council could decide on authorizing an international peacekeeping mission to Ukraine under a UN mandate.

    In February, President Poroshenko called for UN peacekeepers to be deployed to eastern Ukraine to enforce ceasefire in the crisis-hit region.

    Currently, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is tasked with monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire deal signed by the conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital in mid-February.

    The 13-point Minsk agreement also envisioned withdrawal of heavy artillery, prisoner exchange and granting special status to self-proclaimed republics of Luhansk and Donetsk in Ukraine's east.

    According to UN estimates, more than 6,000 people have been killed and over 1 million people displace since the conflict erupted in April, 2014.

    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)


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