Russia and Ukraine cannot find common ground on the issue of sending a peacekeeping mission to Donbass, which became clear on Wednesday following a meeting of the UN Security Council. Ukraine’s Pyotr Poroshenko said that Kiev was in favor of the UN peacekeepers in Donbass, but noted that their mission will not be efficient without "removing foreign contingent from the region" and establishing international control over the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in response accused the Ukrainian authorities of "evading" implementation of the Minsk agreements. A source close to the Russian delegation told Kommersant that Kiev introduced its draft resolution on peacekeepers only after Moscow submitted its own. According to the paper, in particular it requires the use of the wording "peace enforcement operation" or "peace restoration operation", which according to Kiev, would confirm "the role of Russia as an aggressor".
Senior researcher at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Oleg Nemenensky told Izvestia that the introduction of peacekeepers on the contact line does not meet the interests of Kiev for a number of reasons. "This means that the conflict in Ukraine is recognized as internal, which is inadmissible for the Kiev authorities, since it destroys the whole ideological of its policy. In addition, to introduce peacekeepers to the line of demarcation, it is necessary to recognize the Luhansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic as parties to the conflict. That contradicts the entire propaganda system built on the fact that the war is being waged with Russia," he told the newspaper.
With the help of peacekeepers the Ukrainian President wants to block Donbass from all sides to siege the region, former Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolay Azarov said in an interview with Izvestia. According to him, the very idea of ··launching a peacekeeping operation in the unrecognized republics is certainly constructive and could stop the bloodshed. However, in the form proposed by the Ukrainian leader, it will continue the war."His main idea is to disrupt Moscow's peacekeeping initiative. He is going to continue bombing Donbass and wants a complete blockade of the region," he said.
According to Izvestia, the issues of the peacekeeper operation in Donbass is still on the agenda, however the prospects for its implementation remain vague because of the position of Kiev. The question is would the Western leaders of the Normandy Quartet be able to put pressure on Poroshenko.