Poroshenko and Ban Ki-moon discuss deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has discussed with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the possibility of deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbas, the press service of the president reported late on Monday.
Speaking by phone, Ban told Poroshenko about the results of his visit to Moscow, where he also discussed the establishment of a UN Office to support the Minsk peace agreements.
Poroshenko stressed the need to ensure the full implementation of the agreements. According to the latest agreements reached in Minsk, on February 12, a ceasefire was supposed to have come into effect on February 15.
However, the ceasefire has never been fully implemented, and a heavy weapons pullback, which was supposed to be monitored by the OSCE, looks to be patchy, with the European security organization reporting breaches of this point of the agreements by both sides in the conflict.
In addition, Poroshenko and Ban agreed to continue to make every effort to secure the release of Ukrainian pilot, MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko from detention in Russia.
As reported earlier, on Monday Petro Poroshenko visited the Desna military range in Chernihiv region, north of Kyiv, where he talked about the capabilities of the modern Ukrainian defense industry.