Report by UPEACE Centre The Hague presents scenario for UN Blue Helmets in Donbas




17 October 2018. Kiev, Ukraine - UPEACE Centre The Hague (UPH) presented a report in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, on the options and possibilities for deploying a UN peace-keeping force in the Eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. 

The report, titled "Blue Helmets in Donbas? A phased and Sequenced Scenario to Unlock the Minsk Agreements and Restore Peace in Ukraine", is the result of discussions between Dutch practitioners in international crisis management and Ukrainian stakeholders, think tanks and civil society representatives during the past half year in Kyiv. The text was written by Robert Serry, chairman of UPEACE Centre The Hague, who was one of the practitioners in the discussions.

It is hoped that the ideas and analysis offered in this report will contribute to increased awareness of the danger of not addressing a conflict that could affect European security and peace. Moreover, it can help to increase understanding about the risks and opportunities of a UN peace support mission in eastern Ukraine.

UPH is grateful for the generous support received from the International Renaissance Foundation in Kyiv in carrying out this special project.

At the launch of the report in Kiev, UPH Chairman Robert Serry discussed the possibilities of a UN Peacekeeping operation in Donbas with Richard Gowan, Senior Fellow at the UNU University Centre for Policy Research, and Oleksandr Motsyk, Representative of Ukraine to the political subgroup on the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group.

For a report on the debate, read the article by the New Europe Centre.

To watch the debate, see this video.

Download the UPH Report here:

About UPEACE Centre The Hague:
UPH is a non-profit organization, which represents in Europe the University for Peace in Costa Rica, established by United Nations General Assembly resolution 35/55 of 5 December 1980. In support of the general objective to “…stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations,” UPH offers services to students and professionals in areas related to peace and conflict studies, with an emphasis on the interaction between theory and practice. For more information, visit

For more information contact Diederik Kramers, Communications Advisor, UPEACE Centre The Hague at