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    Kiev’s Discourse on UN Peacekeeping Mission in Donbass ‘Diversion’

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    Kiev authorities’ discourse on attracting UN peacekeepers to Ukraine are a diversion, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said in an interview published Monday, stressing that an intervention of UN forces would not be necessary for Kiev to implement its part of the Mins agreements.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has repeatedly said that the international peacekeepers could be deployed in the country's crisis-torn regions to solve the conflict.

    "In order to adopt a law on the special status of Donbass and the amnesty provided by the Minsk agreements, which is expected from Kiev, a UN peacekeeping operation is not needed. The Ukrainian side’s discourse concerning it is a diversion," Churkin told the Izvestia newspaper, when asked about the possible introduction of a UN mission in Donbass.

    According to the Russian UN envoy, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) already plays a leading role in Donbass conflict settlement. An OSCE special monitoring mission is present in eastern Ukraine, Churkin reminded.

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