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Ukraine's leader urges peacekeeping mission for the east

Ukraine's leader pushes for intl peacekeeping mission to ensure cease-fire in war-torn east

People approach a destroyed bridge on the road to the airport, the scene of heavy fighting, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, March 1, 2015. The piecemeal ...
A woman and her daughters look out of a trolley bus window in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Fighting between Russia-backed separa...
A woman feeds pigeons in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops has killed...
An elderly woman cries while approaching a destroyed bridge on the road to the airport, the scene of heavy fighting, on her way to retrieve belongings...
The charred wreckage of an armored fighting vehicle lies under a destroyed bridge, the scene of heavy fighting, on the road to the airport in Donetsk,...

Ukraine

People approach a destroyed bridge on the road to the airport, the scene of heavy fighting, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, March 1, 2015. The piecemeal ...

Ukraine

A woman and her daughters look out of a trolley bus window in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Fighting between Russia-backed separa...

Ukraine

A woman feeds pigeons in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops has killed...

Ukraine

An elderly woman cries while approaching a destroyed bridge on the road to the airport, the scene of heavy fighting, on her way to retrieve belongings...

Ukraine

The charred wreckage of an armored fighting vehicle lies under a destroyed bridge, the scene of heavy fighting, on the road to the airport in Donetsk,...

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president has a signed a decree opening the way to a formal request for international peacekeepers to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists.

President Petro Poroshenko's office said Monday the appeal for a contingent of peacekeepers will be addressed to the United Nations and the European Union. His office gave no specific details on the mission's composition or any timetable for it but Russia is strongly against the idea.

Fighting has waned substantially in eastern Ukraine in recent days as a cease-fire deal forged last month increasingly takes effect, but both sides have complained of sporadic violations.

The U.N. human rights office on Monday raised its toll of the fighting, saying more than 6,000 people have died since the conflict began in April.


Updated : 2021-09-27 12:31 GMT+08:00