The United Nations has received official notification from Ukraine that it intends to withdraw about 250 troops serving in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as military equipment, including some aircraft. TRTWorld reports that, while acknowledging “the tremendous role Ukraine has played, especially on issues of transport and helicopters,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said it is up to the Ukrainian government to explain why it asked to pull out the troops and the UN will be contacting other countries to replace the troops and equipment in the DRC mission known as MONUSCO which has about 17,800 personnel.