The most important statements by the Ukrainian president are the following:
"I am proud that Ukraine has been a strong partner of the U.N. in peacekeeping activities for many years since independence.
"Ukrainian Blue Helmets have participated in peacekeeping operations throughout the world. But, today we need the U.N.'s peacekeeping shoulder too.
"A road to effective peacekeeping - and, eventually, to the settlement - lies through unconditional withdrawal of all foreign military personnel, mercenaries, their weapons and equipment from Ukraine. Moreover, reliable international control over the temporarily uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian border should be secured.
"This is key, as there can be no success in bringing peace in the Donbas without preventing foreign troops, arms, equipment and mercenaries from infiltration into the region."