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 President Poroshenko: Ukraine supports extension of OSCE mission until UN votes for sending peacekeepers to Donbas

President Petro Poroshenko says that until a decision to send UN peacekeepers to the Donbas, the Ukrainian side will prefer the extension of the OSCE mission.

He stated it at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"Peacekeepers are not an alternative, they cannot substitute the OSCE special monitoring mission. Until a decision on peacekeepers is made, if it is made, we are interested in expanding the OSCE mission and its technical equipment," Poroshenko said.

According to him, this mission should have UAVs, radars, and other technical means that objectively record the violations of the cease-fire and enable taking measures against those who do not comply with the truce.

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

"We also jointly emphasize that the Russian side and the militants it supports do not fully implement the cease-fire. But we will do everything in our power to ensure the effective implementation of this regime, the withdrawal of heavy equipment and artillery, the immediate release of all hostages and transition to economic and political process in the course of the implementation of these agreements.

Poroshenko once again stressed that "Ukraine will clearly and consistently fulfill all obligations" provided by the Minsk arrangements.

 
 
 
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