Ban Ki-moon: UN praises Ukrainian peacekeepers
KYIV, April 19 /UKRINFORM/. The United Nations highly appreciates Ukraine's participation in peacekeeping operations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an interview with the Holos Ukrainy (Voice of Ukraine) newspaper, UKRINFORM reported.
"This dedication demonstrates the national desire to your country to make its contribution to peace around the world," he said.
Ban Ki-moon said that Ukraine provided extremely important transport services for UN missions around the world. "Also, in February 2011, Ukraine at the decisive moment agreed to redirect three attack helicopters from the UN mission in Liberia to the mission in Cote d'Ivoire. This decision was perceived with extreme gratitude, because it was taken at the right time," the UN secretary-general said.
Ukraine has started participating in peacekeeping operations since July 1992, after the Verkhovna Rada approves the decision on the participation of Ukrainian troops in the peacekeeping forces of the United Nations in conflict zones in the former Yugoslavia.
Since then, about 37,000 soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces had participated in international peacekeeping operations.
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