US wants ‘broad mandate’ for UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine

‘Washington supports the idea of placing a UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine to protect OSCE representatives who are monitoring the implementation of Minsk agreement, but only if the Blue Helmets also patrol the Russian-Ukrainian border.

“We believe the possibility of a UN peacekeeping force for eastern Ukraine is certainly an idea that is worth exploring,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told journalists Wednesday.

“We consider that a possible means of protecting Ukrainian citizens regardless of their ethnicity, their nationality,” Nauert said. “We see it potentially as a pathway to restoring Ukrainian sovereignty and also territorial integrity.”

On September 5, Russia proposed a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on sending UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine, after President Vladimir Putin voiced the suggestion during the three-day BRICS summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen.’

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