July 4, 2014, 00:04
Russia May Begin Peacekeeping Operation in Ukraine in Next 48 Hours, Says Znak.Com Source Close to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Leadership
By Ekaterina Vynokurova
Translated by William Risch, Georgia College
Thursday evening, a Znak.Com source close to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it cannot be ruled out that the beginning of a peacekeeping mission by Russia will begin on eastern Ukraine’s territory in the next two days.
“This is the way things look… The situation is difficult,” stated the source. “Two days ago Petro Poroshenko (President of Ukraine) was offered to ‘freeze’ the conflict in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts for a few months so that militants and the Ukrainian army would both cease fighting and Russia would not recognize either the DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic) or the LNR (Luhansk People’s Republic). Poroshenko did not accept the plan, and civilians are getting killed every day. A Russian peacekeeping operation is ready. If it happens, several Russian military units will simply form defensive rings around large cities to provide civilians security.”
When asked why President Vladimir Putin asked the Council of the Federation to withdraw its decision made in February to use Russian military forces on Ukrainian territory, the source said that it had been needed for Putin’s negotiations with Austria, in order to show Poroshenko goodwill.
“A final decision has not been made, but the situation is very serious,” concluded the source.
Original link: http://www.znak.com/moscow/news/2014-07-04/1024886.html