"Let's take a look at the role of the UN Secretary-General in resolving our conflict. Frankly, it is next to zero. He could have taken a much more proactive stance, in particular by supporting the creation of a separate office on the Donbas and Crimea in Ukraine in addition to the existing UN mission in Ukraine. And his personal decision that does not need to be agreed by the UN Security Council would be enough," Yelchenko said.
According to him, the main objective of such an office would be mine clearance in the Donbas, which the UN has substantial experience in. The current mission is focused on humanitarian issues only.
Yelchenko believes that inactivity of the UN Secretary-General stems from the fact that he is elected by the Security Council and may feel dependent on it.
"At the same time, it is this phenomenon that provides us with an additional lever of influence. The new UN Secretary-General will be elected exactly during Ukraine's two-year membership in the Security Council. This process will be started next summer and completed in December," Yelchenko said.