Round table “Peacekeeping mission in Donbas: is it possible and what is the opinion of Ukrainians and experts”

Experts support the idea of introduction of a peacekeeping contingent to the occupied territories, but consider this scenario unrealistic.

On 9 October 2017, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation presented the results of the survey on the introduction of the peacekeeping mission to Donbas.

Iryna Bekeshkina, Director of Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, presented the results of the survey. She emphasized that the experts support the introduction of the peacekeeping contingent to the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but the majority of them consider that it is not realistic because of Russia’s position.

Bekeshkina: “According to the experts, it would be best for Ukraine if the peacekeeping mission consisted of servicemen from the USA, the UK, Poland, and the Baltic States. Unfortunately, the experts couldn’t name a  list of countries participating in the peacekeeping mission that would suit both Ukraine and Russia. The only country named was Germany, but it received a small number of votes”.

Oleksandr Motsyk, Ukraine’s representative in the taskforce on political issues of Minsk process, former Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA, noted that the probability of introducing peacekeepers is rather small, but Ukraine has to work on it.

Motsyk: “Without control over the whole occupied territory and closure of the border there won’t be any efficiency of the mission”.

Maksym Palamarchuk, expert at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, underlined that in case of introducing the UN peacekeeping contingent, Ukraine will also have to compromise with the other side of the conflict.

Palamarchuk: “We need to understand that being the victim of the aggression doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t compromise”.

Serhiy Solodkyy, deputy director of the Centre “New Europe”, also doesn’t see the  grounds for appearance and effective work of the  peacekeeping mission.

Solodkyy: “The UN peacekeeping operations can be effective in the presence of political will to the peace. But we don’t see such will from Russia”.