Ukraine withdrew from the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ukraine withdrew from the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Following the Ukraine Government request, Ukrainian troops have officially withdrawn from MONUSCO Peacekeeping mission.

This was reported on the page of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

The Force commander Lt Gen Marcos De Sá Affonso Da Costa has appreciated their 10 years of immense contribution for the cause of serving the people of the DRC.

In March of this year, President Volodymyr Zelensky by his decree recalled Ukrainian peacekeepers from around the world.

The decree concerned the recall of the national contingent and national personnel who participated in international operations to maintain peace and security.

The decision was made in connection with the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

The Ukrainian peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo began in 2012.

In May 2019, the tenth rotation of units of Ukrainian peacekeepers took place in the DRC as part of the 18th Separate Helicopter Detachment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ударні гелікоптери Ми-24 18-го окремого вертольотного загону у Демократичній Республіці Конго Фото: Генеральний штаб ЗСУ

Ukrainian crews of Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters conducted aerial reconnaissance, patrolled the designated territory, and provided air support for the actions of the UN Mission’s ground units.

In 2021, Ukrainian personnel in the DRC numbered 250 servicemen.

Українські миротворці в Конго. Фото Міноборони

As of March 31, 2022, the total number of personnel of the mission amounts to 14,789 people.

More than thirty countries have contributed military and police personnel to peacekeeping operations, with India being the largest donor.

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