An international peacekeeping contingent is needed to ensure security in the armed conflict area in Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.
"We need an international contingent, which will ensure security there during the withdrawal [of troops] and the transfer of power," he said, in the talks with residents in the city of Mykolaivka, in Donetsk region on Monday.
The president said that Ukraine's sovereignty can be restored on the whole territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, elections could be held there, but he called for the provision of the necessary conditions to do so.
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"Take away your 'Plotnitskys', take away your 'Zakharchenkos', take away your parachutists, whom you have brought [here], and we will restore Ukraine's sovereignty. Please, take away Russian troops from that territory, take away the tanks, which you have brought there. Give them the opportunity to hold elections calmly, let people elect the authorities, and I, as the Ukrainian president will work with those, who will be elected by people," Poroshenko said.
As was reported on Monday, the Ukrainian president is on a working trip in Donetsk region, where he has already attended to a report about the situation on the front.