March 17, 2015

Deploying UN Peacekeepers in Eastern Ukraine Would Be the Right Move

In February, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko tasked the national security and defence council with discussing the question of calling in foreign peacekeepers to the Donbass region. Poroshenko said that ideally it should be a European Union police mission, Maksym Bugriy, a research fellow with the Tallinn-based International Centre for Defence and Security, says the police mission could indeed contribute to stabilization of the situation, with a number of “buts.”

In February, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko tasked the national security and defence council with discussing the question of calling in foreign peacekeepers to the Donbass region. Poroshenko said that ideally it should be a European Union police mission, Maksym Bugriy, a research fellow with the Tallinn-based International Centre for Defence and Security, says the police mission could indeed contribute to stabilization of the situation, with a number of “buts.”

“What a police mission would do is help a certain order stay in place,” Bugriy said. “Unlike OSCE observers, a police mission would have broader powers. On the basis of the successful example of the Kosovo mission, such a mission could become a stabilizing factor in conditions that could come up in implementing the latest Minsk agreement. One of the key conditions is ending the hostilities. 
Read more: Kommersant

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