Polish leader calls for UN force for Russia-Ukraine border

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Poland’s President Andrzej Duda is calling for U.N. peacekeepers to be sent to the Russia-Ukraine border and all territory controlled by separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Duda stressed “in the strongest terms” to reporters Thursday the importance of deploying a peacekeeping mission.

Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces are engaged in a long-running conflict in the east which has killed more than 10,000 people. It was sparked by Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Last September, Russia proposed a draft Security Council resolution on sending U.N. peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine to provide security for monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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Days later, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for a U.N. peacekeeping mission with a mandate over the entire Ukraine-Russia border.

Both resolutions faced likely vetoes, and have been shelved.

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