Peacekeepers Are Currently the Only Way for Ukraine to Get Donbas Back

February 22, 2018

A lot of countries that are declaring their readiness to take part in the peacekeeping mission are focusing on keeping the peace. Meaning that if the mission's mandate does not include peace enforcement tasks, the use of arms, – then such countries will gladly take part in it. If these tasks do appear there, I think the number of those willing to participate will drop rapidly, as these are rather critical things for the approval of political decisions on the national level.

Thinking about whether Ukraine needs a peacekeeping mission, I see no other way for it to get back its control over the occupied territory. We will not get there without a peacekeeping mission, just by ourselves.

The search for participants is a traditionally difficult task for each peacekeeping mission. Difficulties start from discussion of tasks to be included in the mandate: possibility of the use of arms, protection of civilians and peacekeepers themselves. Many countries will simply not agree to it. Difficulties also arise in connection with resource allocation and mission funding.


Mykola Sunhurovskyi

Director, Military Programmes

Born in 1951 in Moscow.


Orenburg Higher Military Air Defence Forces School (1972);

Kyiv Air Defence Forces Academy (1982);

Higher School of Entrepreneurship, Kyiv Institute of National Economy (1991).

Ph. D. in Technical Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, the author of more than 90 publications.

Colonel (Ret.) with 31 years of military service, half of that term — at research institutions. Research profile — systems analysis, strategic planning, analysis methods, national security.


Most recent position in state bodies — Department Chief at the Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff;

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre Programme Co-ordinator;

Since February 2000 — Freelance Consultant to the National Security and Defence Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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