LPR Leader Says No Urgent Need In UN Peacekeepers In Eastern Ukraine


LPR Leader Says No Urgent Need in UN Peacekeepers in Eastern Ukraine

LUHANSK (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 07th May, 2021) There is no urgent need in sending a UN peacekeeping mission to conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), Leonid Pasechnik, said in an interview with Sputnik.

The Ukrainian authorities have long called for deploying UN peacekeepers to Donbas. Moscow supports the idea but only in case that they are sent to ensure the security of the OSCE staff, while Kiev believes that the mission should have a broader mandate and be deployed throughout the territory of Donbas, right up to the border with Russia.

"I think that today, there is no such urgent need for and expediency of the deploying of UN peacekeeping forces in our territory," Pasechnik said.

First of all, in order for UN peacekeepers to have the right to enter eastern Ukraine, there should be a relevant international decision, which is not the case today, the LPR leader said, noting that people living near the conflict zone are tired of endless war and the deployment of additional troops would only have a negative effect on them.

"As evidenced in practice that we studied, the conflicts drag on for decades [in areas] where UN peacekeeping troops enter ... Therefore, the more we bring peacekeepers here, attract someone else to our side some friends and comrades, acquaintances, like-minded people, the more difficult it will be to unravel this conflict," Pasechnik said, adding that LPR takes effective measures to ensure its security.