The Ukrainian government has withdrawn its contingent of 250 soldiers attached to the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).
The move is seen as part of efforts by the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to fortify the country’s military fort as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.
“The UN has received official notification of the decision by the Ukrainian government to withdraw its military contingent, including the personnel, helicopters, and equipment from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO),” said the spokesperson of the peacekeeping department of the United Nations.
“This contingent is made up of 250 soldiers. We take note of this decision and thank Ukraine for its solid contribution to MONUSCO and to other peacekeeping operations.”
Besides the 250 contingent, Ukraine also has six officers, five police officers, and seven UN experts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ukraine is also militarily present in other UN peacekeeping missions around the world with 16 soldiers in So Sudan, 12 in Mali, five in Cyprus, four in Abyei, Sudan, and three in Kosovo, according to information from the United Nations.
Russia on its part is very scarcely present in the twenty United Nations peacekeeping operations worldwide made up of 100,000 Blue Helmets.
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