Ukraine's president wants UN options for peace force in east

Posted at 12:12 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 12:12:55-05

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's president says a U.N.-mandated peacekeeping operation could be decisive in ending the conflict in the east with Russian-backed separatists — and says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should send a mission to come up with options.

Petro Poroshenko told the General Assembly Wednesday that Ukraine is ready to discuss a multinational peacekeeping operation with "a clear objective to end the Russian aggression and restore Ukraine's sovereignty."

He accused Russia of conducting an "undeclared war" and said it may be time for the international community "to put Russia in its place," starting by depriving Moscow of its Security Council veto on issues "related to the Russian aggression against Ukraine."

Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and support for separatist rebels in the east triggered a conflict with Ukrainian government forces.