Andriy Yermak: Ukraine is not considering the deployment of peacekeeping missions

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, notes that Ukraine is not considering the deployment of peacekeeping missions.

Andriy Yermak said this at a joint briefing with the participation of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former President of Colombia, and 2016 Nobel Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos Calderon.

In particular, Yermak was asked whether the prospect of peacekeeping missions in Ukraine is currently being considered, perhaps in the context of ensuring the security of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and demilitarizing the territory around it.

“Today, this issue is not being discussed. Today, our position is obvious. Firstly, we are striving to de-occupy all our territories. And, secondly, today’s control over strategic nuclear facilities, such as the Zaporizhzhia plant, is absolutely no other option – Ukraine must fully control it,” Yermak said.

He said that the nuclear power plant is located on Ukrainian soil.

“The whole world should know that if something happens, as it happened the day before (throughout) several months around the Chernobyl station, it will be completely on the conscience of the aggressor and on the conscience of those who do not take appropriate steps in order to protect not only Ukraine, and the whole of Europe and the whole world from a nuclear catastrophe,” Yermak stressed.

Russian troops occupied the ZNPP in early March, bringing in about 500 of their troops, tanks and heavy weapons, including explosives. NPP employees must work at gunpoint and under strong psychological pressure. Also at the plant there is a staff of “Rosatom”.

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