13 Dec 2017 19:22

Polish president supports idea of deploying peacekeepers to entire Donbas territory

KHARKIV. Dec 13 (Interfax) - Poland supports the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers to the entire territory of the Luhansk and Donbas regions of Ukraine, Polish President Andrzej Duda said.

"Poland is resolutely in favor of this mission being a peaceful one, in accordance with all standards envisaged for operations of such a nature, this mission not being limited only to the protection of OSCE representatives, this mission being a truly peaceful one, which would be active on this entire territory," Duda told reporters following talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kharkiv on Wednesday.

Poroshenko, for his part, noted that Poland's stance on the deployment of a peacekeeping mission to Donbas is important for Ukraine.

"[...] Poland's assistance, its absolutely clear stance on a peacekeeping mission, is crucial for us," he told reporters.

There should be a peacekeeping mission, "not guards," Poroshenko said. "Secondly, the area of responsibility [should be] the entire occupied territory in eastern Ukraine, not the contact line," he said.