UK calls on Russia to re-establish full access for humanitarian organizations in eastern Ukraine

UK calls on Russia to re-establish full access for humanitarian organizations in eastern Ukraine

The lack of access for international humanitarian organizations in non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions significantly complicates the lives of local residents.

Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations stated this at a UN meeting, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

“The lack of access for humanitarian organizations in non-government controlled areas is making a very large contribution to this crisis. We strongly urge the Russian-backed separatists to grant safe and unhindered access so essential humanitarian assistance can be delivered to the 1.8 million people in need within non-government controlled areas,” she stated.

The Ambassador also addressed donors “to respond to the annual UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine, which remains woefully under-funded.”

“The humanitarian impact of this conflict continues to have a devastating effect for those that live on both sides of the line of contact,” she stated.

According Karen Pierce, the full observance of the Minsk agreements will contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“We urge all sides, and particularly the Russian-backed separatists, to commit to full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, beginning with a comprehensive ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weaponry. This is the best way to achieve stability for Ukraine and end suffering of the Ukrainian people,” she stated.

As reported, an open meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine was held in New York on Tuesday.


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