Monday, February 12, 2018

Ukraine Crisis Needs 20,000-Strong UN Force: Report

Anders Fogh Rasmussen
The United Nations should consider a force of some 20,000 soldiers from non-NATO countries and 4,000 police to help resolve the crisis in Ukraine, according to a new report to be presented to top officials this week.

More than 10,000 people have been killed since April 2014 in a conflict that pits Ukrainian forces against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Intermittent clashes continue despite a notional ceasefire and diplomatic peace efforts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested a limited UN peacekeeping mission to eastern Ukraine, which many in the West see as an opportunity to negotiate a broader UN force to restore order, diplomats say, Reuters reported.

A report commissioned by former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen - now an adviser to Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko - will be presented to officials including the US special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, at the Munich Security Conference Saturday.

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