By Azania Post Reporter
A new initiative has been suggested to end a long time conflicts in Ukraine which have resulted in killing of innocent people, displacement and hunger.
Already Russia has called for deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in Ukraine's conflict-hit eastern region of Donbas
A move experts said could ease the three-year-long deadly conflicts despite preconditions set by Moscow and Kiev.
They said the initiative could help reduce hostilities in eastern Ukraine and pave the way for the implementation of the Minsk agreement.
However, a fear dwells on huge costs and differences between Moscow and Kiev on implementation of the initiative would neither be quick nor easy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said early this week that his administration will ask the UN Security Council to send peacekeepers to patrol the frontline in eastern Ukraine.
The confrontation since April 2014 between government troops and pro-independence rebels in Donbas region has claimed about 10,000 lives.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who had voiced his support for a possible UN peacekeeping mission, backed Putin's initiative, though he said the mission has to be deployed on Kiev's conditions.
Kiev is ready to consider deployment of peacekeeping troops in Donbas, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said on the same day.
"We believe that the deployment of the UN peacekeeping operation can contribute to restoring peace and security in the east of Ukraine," it said in a statement.
Taras Chernovil, an independent political analyst, said: "The task of the peacekeepers is to prevent bloodshed and any changes on the demarcation line for the period of their mandate, which can be granted for several years."
Meanwhile, the UN forces are expected to help related parties implement the Minsk peace agreement, which has reached a stalemate.
The Minsk agreement, inked in September 2014 and renewed in February 2015, envisaged a cease-fire, a withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the contact line, a prisoner exchange and local elections in Donbas, among other measures.
While the Ukrainian government has insisted that security provisions are the priority points to be implemented, rebels demand Kiev immediately perform political steps prescribed in the deal.
Observers said deployment of a peacekeeping mission would in fact help monitor security-related provisions in the deal, thus paving the way for the implementation of the following political steps.
"We need a guarantee that the parties will stop shooting at each other. It means that the UN contingent is needed on the contact line to ensure that no side is breaching the truce at the time when the political part of the Minsk deal is being fulfilled," said Dmytro Korniychuk, the head of the Center for Innovation Consulting.
However, Ukraine said it would agree to the deployment of a UN patrol only if the troops would be stationed across the whole area controlled by the rebels, including the Ukrainian-Russian border.
Kiev also rejected a direct dialogue with the rebel leadership and demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops and weapons from Ukraine before deploying the mission. It accused Moscow of sending troops and heavy weapons to Donbas, which was denied by Russia.