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Ukraine is to send 20 servicemen to join a UN stabilization mission in the Republic of Mali in West Africa.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed decree No. 6/2019 dated January 9, 2019, to send Ukrainian national military personnel to join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

"To send up to 20 members of the national personnel (from the Armed Forces of Ukraine) for the participation of Ukraine in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali," the presidential decree says.

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By sending members of its armed forces, Ukraine confirms its commitments as a UN member state.

Poroshenko expressed his conviction that Ukraine's participation in MINUSMA will contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security and is in the national interest of the state.

Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers is tasked with taking measures to ensure the implementation of Clause 1 of this decree. The decree comes into force on the day of its publication.

MINUSMA was established by UN Security Council resolution 2100 of April 25, 2013, to support political processes in Mali and carry out a number of security-related tasks.