Peacekeepers in Donbas

January 24, 2018

Restoring territorial integrity and sovereignty over the lost territories is Ukraine's goal. In particular, this means that these territories should be fully demilitarised, i.e. not only foreign, but all military formations altogether have to be withdrawn. This is the issue of handing over weapons, mine clearance, return of refugees, their re-adjustment.

Ukraine cannot deal with this on its own, even more so as currently it has no representation in the occupied territories.

To resolve this situation, we need a peacekeeping mission that would undertake at least a part of these tasks, and then turn over its authority to official Ukrainian agencies.

A decision on introducing such peacekeeping mission is being approved by the UN. However, if they work in a standard mode, the decision will be blocked in the Security Council by Russia's veto. Russia's right to veto can be overruled in one way – by denying it this right not altogether, but in this issue specifically. According to Article 27 of the UN Charter, Russia can be denied its right to veto as a party to the conflict. So, Russia has to be recognised as party to the conflict. This is the only option for Ukraine to resolve this issue. However, depriving Russia of its right to veto is an extremely complicated matter.

Director of Military Programmes of the Razumkov Centre Mykola SUNHUROVSKYI


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.

(044) 201-11-98