Ukraine Day 1296: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. No casualties were reported.
Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.
Ukrainian Amb. Volodymyr Yelchenko at the UN. Photo by ukraineun.org
At the UN Security Council, Russia proposed UN peace-keepers at the line of contact in the Donbass, TASS reported.
“This is a very difficult question…until this conflict is frozen, that is, combat ceases, I think not a single country will be willing to send its peace-keepers, which would be operating under conditions of active combat.”
“In the event a decision is made to conduct a peace-keeping operation, there can be no question of the presence of military or other personnel from the side of the aggressor on Ukrainian territory, under the guide of peacekeepers since this will contract the UN’s basic principles of peacekeeping activity.”
Nor could there be any question that the Russia-backed separatist fighters would participate in such a mission, he added.
“If in the proposal we indicate Russia’s agression, this will mean war between two states. Peacekeepers as a rule did not take part in such cases. If we don’t indicate Russia’s aggression, that means we have an internal civil conflict and then the peacekeepers could take part.”
The UN Security Council can invoke various regimens for such missions ranging from Chapter VI and Chapter VII to Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which have different mandates for the levels of the use of force and involvement of other regional organizations.
Today, September 5, ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] reported that the Lugansk line was relatively quiet. There were attacks on the Maritime line with heavy machine guns near Talakovka and Vodyanoye and with grenade-launchers on Maryinka. Heavy machine guns and small arms were fired at Ukrainian positions on the Donetsk line at the Avdeyevka industrial zone. No casualties were reported.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
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