Peacekeeper deployment in the military conflict zone in eastern Ukraine could freeze the conflict, the self-declared Donetsk people's republic said.
"This would freeze the situation in an attempt to save power at any cost. No fighting is underway now. Ukraine has cut the political dialogue short and is provoking combat operations which can restart at any moment," Andrei Purgin, speaker of the self-declared republic's legislature, told the media.
Purgin was commenting on Poroshenko's plans to request peacekeeper deployment in the military conflict zone in eastern Ukraine during his visit to Germany.
"The contact groups are spurring progress. But it is difficult to assess today how far theses groups will move and whether they will move ahead at all, or how long the talks could last. They could continue for years," Purgin said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said earlier on Monday that the issue of deploying a peacekeeping contingent in the military conflict zone in eastern Ukraine would be raised during his visit to Germany on May 13 and 14.
"I spoke about this during the UN secretary general's visit to Ukraine. We will also discuss a peacekeeping operation under the aegis of the UN Security Council and European security forces during our meetings in Europe, which will allow us to guarantee the implementation of the Minsk agreements," Poroshenko said at the Ukrainian Ground Forces' training center in the Chernihiv region on Monday.
A peacekeeping mission is needed to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine, he said.
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