UN peacekeepers in the Donbas should guarantee security and take control of the border between Ukraine and Russia, according to the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker.

He noted that a military operation is under way in the Donbas now, and the UN peacekeeping forces will need to replace the Russian military in the region.

“Russia is conducting a military operation in the Donbas. Both the military and the civilian authorities there fully comply with the orders of the Russians. But we proposed a solution, according to which UN peacekeeping forces will be deployed. These forces should replace Russian troops, guarantee security in the region and take control of the border," Volker said.

According to him, such a variant could create preconditions for the implementation of Minsk agreements, if Russian President Vladimir Putin is interested in this.

The US Special Representative went on saying that Russia will be able to withdraw Russian troops from the Donbas only when it realizes that the occupation of part of Ukraine is not in its interests.

Previously Kurt Volker advocated the liquidation of the "DPR" and "LPR". He stressed that the illegal groups have no place in the Ukrainian constitutional order. The US State Department's Special Representative for Ukraine further noted that the assistance of the peacekeeping mission should create a transitional period of transfer of control over the Donbas from the RF to the UN and only then to Ukraine.

Source: Dagens Nyheter