Ukraine urges EU leaders to back peacekeeping mission in Donbas

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Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has urged EU leaders to back Kiev’s request to sendi an international peacekeeping mission to eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Russia separatists.

“It’s in joint interest to deploy peacekeepers and this is the initiative that was launched by the Ukrainian President and government and we expect that our European friends will support this idea, because everyone wants to get peace in Europe and one of the tools to reach this peace is to deploy peacekeepers,” Yatsenyuk said after a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday in Brussels.

Yatsenyuk’s comments come only hours before EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels to discuss tensions with Russia. The Ukrainian Prime Minister ‘strongly rejected’ easing sanctions against Moscow.

“If Putin splits the unity among member states and the leaders of the EU it will be the biggest success story of President Putin and the disaster for the free world,” he said.

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