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Kuchma Sees No Possibility For Resolving Russia-Ukraine Conflict In Donbas In Near Future

Kuchma Sees No Possibility For Resolving Russia-Ukraine Conflict In Donbas In Near Future

Former (1994-2005) president Leonid Kuchma, who represents Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on resolution of the conflict in Donbas (Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), says he sees no possibility of resolving the Russia-Ukraine conflict in Donbas in the near future.

He gave the position to the press, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"I see no perspectives of the resolution of the Ukraine - Russia conflict, because these acts, the current developments give no change to Ukraine to achieve peace in the region," said Kuchma.

Commenting on the negotiations between United States Special Representative for Ukrainian Negotiations Kurt Volker and Envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin Vladislav Surkov in Belgrade (the Republic of Serbia), Leonid Kuchma said he was disappointed with Russia's readiness to approve a mere of three of 29 amendments to a draft resolution of the United Nations proposed by the United States on deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.

"The United States proposed 29 and Russia is ready to accept three and says three is not nil. Yes, it is nil! The position of Ukraine must be firm: the UN peacekeepers must be deployed on the whole territory of Ukraine, including the Ukraine - Russia border. What Russia proposes - along the contact line - is the same as establishing a new state border with Ukraine," he said.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, in September 2017, Former president Kuchma, said that a United Nations peacekeeping mission may be deployed not in the entire the non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions but on the line of separation, but he believes that the peacekeepers must be present on the sections of the Ukrainian-Russian border that are not controlled by the Ukrainian government.