Introduction of peacekeepers in Donbas was discussed yet in Minsk - Ukrainian Foreign Minister

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the issue of sending the UN and EU peacekeeping forces to the Donbas was discussed during the latest talks in Minsk.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview to the Russian news outlet Kommersant, Censor.NET reports.

"There was such a discussion (on sending the UN and EU peacekeepers to the Donbas - Ed.) on the sidelines of Minsk talks. I confirm this," Klimkin said.

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He stressed that Ukraine's Foreign Ministry will make relevant formal appeal to the UN regarding the peacekeepers as soon as the Verkhovna Rada adopts the resolution.

"I have already made prior appeal for I had the right to do this as a minister after the National Security and Defense Council decision. The president will be the one who will make a formal appeal on behalf of Ukraine," Klimkin said.

The minister also stressed that the peacekeeping effort issue was discussed at the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Riga as well. "There were different opinions. I want to ask everyone who says that the OSCE Mission copes to take a closer look at the situation in the Donbas. There are 70 killed servicemen, a large number of wounded, and the OSCE Mission is unable to provide comprehensive monitoring of cease-fire. If someone wants this to continue than let this matter weigh upon one's conscience," Klimkin said.

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Earlier, the next round of talks to resolve the conflict in the Donbas was held in Normandy format at the level of Heads of State in Minsk Feb. 12.

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