Ukraine intends to withdraw its peacemaking troops from Iraq on December 20-30, thepress service of Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported.

“Our mission in Iraq will last for time which the elections need. The elections are to be completed on December 15. In that case the withdrawal will be conducted on December 20-30,” said Ukrainian Minister of Defense Gritsenko.

He also pointed out that all questions of security and transfer of control zone were discussed and coordinated with the USA.

As a reminder, Ukrainian peacemaking corps are located in Wasit province and submitted to the Polish command.

In the first stage of withdrawal 137 peacemakers were to Ukraine, the second one – 530 military men, the third and the last one – complete withdrawal.

The beginning of the mission was on August 28, 2003. Ukraine lost 18 peacemakers in Iraq.


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