Military Capabilities

Only peacekeepers and more weapons for Kiev will secure Donbass, say officials

20 March 2018

The stalled Minsk II ceasefire agreement for eastern Ukraine and attempts to pry away Russia’s illegal control of the territory cannot be effected without a legitimate peacekeeping force in the region and new deliveries of weapons to Kiev to protect its sovereignty, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

“There are no red lines any more for Russia,” Klimkin said during a 19 March panel debate in Brussels organised by the European Policy Centre think tank. “This is about munitions, mercenaries, cyber attacks, and everything else. Moscow does not care about Donbass itself at all: it is a vector to destabilise Ukraine and a cold war against us, the EU [European Union], and the civilised world.”

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