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    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) would not oppose deployment of a Russian peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine and considers senseless to arm a mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the DPR head told Sputnik on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the DPR head, Kiev's proposals to arm OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine is senseless, as handguns would not help the mission against machine guns.

    "We would not oppose it in such case," Zakharchenko said, answering a question on DPR's stance on possible deployment of the Russian peacekeeping mission.

    The issue of deployment of any peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine is too complicated and impossible to be solved immediately.

    Ukraine launched a military operation in the country's southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize a new government in Kiev.

    In February 2015, Ukraine’s conflicting sides signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, after talks of the Normandy Four countries, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, as well as constitutional reforms which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.

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