Kiev Appeal for UN Peacekeeping Mission Is a ‘Howl of Dispair’ – Expert
Kiev Appeal for UN Peacekeeping Mission Is a ‘Howl of Dispair’ – Expert © East News/ AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov
18:49 20.02.2015(updated 18:50 20.02.2015)
On Thursday, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine approved the appeal to the UN and the European Union for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine.
In the context of continuing clashes in Debaltseve and repeated violations, Ukraine will hardly be able to come out of the current crisis in the nearest future. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko requested western countries to send the UN or the EU peacekeeping mission to Ukraine – a step that was considered by some experts as a sign of desperation.
“This is a howl of dispair,” former diplomat and international law expert, Vadim Trukhan, told Deutsche Welle, adding that Ukraine would need a respite to create a modern and strong army.
The expert also added that Ukraine’s appeal to the UN has no prospects, as the idea of a peacekeeping contingent in Ukraine will be vetoed by permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, the US and Great Britain.
As stated in the article, Kiev primarily relies on the EU Police Mission. But this initiative would be difficult to put into practice. Political analyst from the Institute of Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Vladimir Gorbach, said that such operation would be possible only after the end of the fighting in the Eastern Ukraine.
On Thursday, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine approved the appeal to the UN and the European Union for the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine. Earlier, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said that the EU police mission would be the most preferable option for the country.