The Associated Press reports: Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday called for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in the east of the country, where pro-Russian insurgents have occupied buildings in nearly 10 cities.
In a telephone conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Turchynov suggested that an “anti-terrorist operation” could be conducted jointly by Ukrainian security forces and U.N. peacekeepers, according to the presidential web site.
Peacekeepers would have to be authorized by the U.N. Security Council, in which Russia holds a veto.
The request comes from a government that has proved powerless to reign in separatists in the Russian-speaking east of the country, where insurgents have been occupying government offices in cities for the past week. A deadline for the insurgents to give up weapons and vacate the brigands, set by Turchynov, passed Monday morning without any visible action.
Instead, violence continued. A pro-Russian mob stormed a police station in yet another city near the Russian border, while gun men took control over a military airport in the ear.
The Kiev government and Western officials accuse Russia of instigating the unrest and of deploying armed Russian agents to carry them out.
During the storming of a police station in the city of Horlivka earlier Monday, one man identified himself as a lieutenant colonel of the Russian army. [Continue reading…]
I think UN peace keepers would help stabilize #Ukraine. It just so happens i've a bunch of soldiers nearby that would suit perfectly…
— Vladimir Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) April 14, 2014