Zelenskyy recalls Ukrainian UN peacekeepers back home to fight for their own country. Will the UN Security Council accept its failure now?

London, 7 March 2022- From Blue Helmets and peacekeepers to combat soldiers to defend their own country: Zelenskyy today gave order to recall home all Ukrainian troops serving in peacekeeping missions around the world.

The European Pravda reports that all the troops in service in the missions of the state of affairs in the whole world will now fight against Russian invasion. The vice-president of the office of President Andriy Sibiga announced the decree this is being done though presidential decree which has not yet been made public on the official website of the President of Ukraine.

“President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi has decided to recall Ukrainian peacekeepers – highly professional servicemen – from all missions in the world. Together with equipment. To strengthen our army now in response to Russian aggression. Glory to Ukraine!” Sibiga wrote on his Facebook page.

Currently, the Ukrainian military is involved in four peacekeeping operations: the NATO International Peacekeeping Force in Kosovo, the UN Peacekeeping Mission Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire and in Mali.

Though the number of troops is small, the call back home highlight the inaction of the United Nations, once again, as in the past with Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Syria, incapable to pass a resolution and send peacekeeping missions in conflict to prevent war crimes and genocide.

Many, among media and institutions, are calling for the suspension of Russia from the UN Security Council, where is using its veto power, as one of the Permanent Five, to boycott any attempt to stop its invasion of Ukraine.

In an in-depth France 24 stressed today that UN Charter Article 27(3) requires a Security Council member to abstain from voting when it is party to a conflict on which there is a vote. Russia never abstained on Ukraine, nor in the past on Syria.

The suspension can be done, in order to proceed with the Chapter VII and the vote for a UN mission on the ground. It is a matter of will hampered by geopolitical interests in the United Nation Security Council.

We, the rest of the world, had to fight in Ukraine wearing the blue helmet in a UN peacekeeping operation to avoid a frontal clash between NATO and Russia. Instead it’s the opposite: a country under attack had to recall its peacekeeping missions because the UN is not fulfilling its mandate in violation of the UN Charter. At the next Security Council and General Assembly maybe somebody will have the courage to denounce the danger we all are facing because of this failure.