UN peacekeepers should be deployed throughout occupied territories of Ukraine, - US Department of State

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The United States cautiously welcomed the Russian proposal to send U.N. peacekeepers into eastern Ukraine, but insisted the force should be deployed throughout occupied eastern Ukraine and not just on the line of conflict.

Censor.NET reports citing AP.

A U.N. force is "worth exploring," the State Department said on Wednesday, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would ask the U.N. Security Council to send peacekeepers to patrol the front line separating Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists. The U.S. said such a force could protect Ukrainians of all ethnicities and help restore Ukraine's sovereignty.

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"Any such force should have a broad mandate for peace and security throughout the occupied territory in Ukraine," said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Putin also said on Tuesday that any decision by the United States to supply defensive weapons to Ukraine would fuel the conflict.

Ukraine's representative in Humanitarian subgroup of the Tripartite contact group in Minsk talks, deputy speaker of Ukrainian parliament Iryna Herashchenko commented on Putin's statement and said the Kremlin scenarios will fail; peacekeepers must be introduced across all Russia-occupied territories.
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