Poroshenko asks UN Secretary General to send assessment mission for peacekeepers deployment to Donbas

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to send a special mission to Donbas to assess the cost, the numbers and the necessary time for the deployment of peacekeepers.

We are ready, as soon as Russia accepts the position of the whole world, to immediately put this issue to the vote in the UN Security Council. Many members of the Security Council are ready to support the agreed project,” Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian television channels on April 13.

“I personally asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to send a special assessment mission to the east of Ukraine, in order for the UN to estimate the cost, the number, and the timeframe and the preconditions for the deployment, to start the practical work on the implementation of this project,” the Ukrainian president said.

According to him, the UN assessment mission can arrive in Donbas without a decision of the UN Security Council, but only based on a decision of the Organization’s secretary general.

“I’m doing everything possible so that this mission be deployed in 2018,” Poroshenko said, referring to the assessment mission.

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