USA cautiously welcomes Russia's call for United Nations force in Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen deploy a weapon at the beach of the Azov Sea in Shyrokyne eastern Ukraine

On a visit to Kiev last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was actively reviewing sending lethal weapons to Ukraine to help it defend itself, an option that previous U.S. president Barack Obama vetoed.

Ukraine has prepared its own draft resolution on deploying United Nations peacekeepers to its eastern war zone, after criticising a proposal from Russian president Vladimir Putin as self-serving and ineffective.

Fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in the region has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.

Russian Federation will ask the UN Security Council to send peacekeepers to patrol the front line in eastern Ukraine where fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.

"Of particular concern are the reports of the hostile attitude of pro-Russian militants to SMM observers, which were sometimes accompanied by violence", the ministry said.

On Aug. 25, the conflicting sides declared a fresh cease-fire, which helped to ease hostilities. "Along with the important reforms such as pension, healthcare and education, we also require decisions entailing the attraction of investment and the achievement of the economic growth pace that would allow us to reduce a lag from more developed countries", the head of state said.

"Russia constantly gave signals to us and others that it would block any attempt to move [the peacekeeping question] to official documents and pass a UN Security Council resolution - that is to say, it threatened to use its veto", the Ukrainian envoy said.

He insisted that the peacekeepers should be deployed only along the line separating the rebel-controlled territories and the area under government control where the clashes occur.

He called Putin's proposal "strange" but said that Ukraine is ready to discuss any proposal at the UN.



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