Ukraine requests UN peace mission
Ukraine has issued a formal request to the United Nations for a peacekeeping mission to be deployed in its eastern regions, where a ceasefire between government and Russian-backed separatist forces is in place.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebiynis said today that the size and scope of the proposed mission would be worked out in consultation with the UN.
A mission would need backing from all five permanent members of the Security Council, however, and Russia is likely to resist the move.
Mr Perebiynis said the preliminary request for the mission has been submitted to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and that another would follow after Ukraine's parliament approves the proposal.
More than 6,000 people have been killed in east Ukraine since unrest flared up in April.