Work of Red Cross in Crimea, Donbas discussed at Foreign Ministry

Work of Red Cross in Crimea, Donbas discussed at Foreign Ministry

First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar received the Head of Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ukraine, Florence Gillette, on Monday.

During the meeting, they discussed, in particular, the provision of assistance to the population of occupied territories, the Foreign Ministry’s press service reported.

"Emine Dzheppar expressed her gratitude for the support of Ukraine's humanitarian efforts and confirmed the readiness of the Ukrainian side to continue to provide the ICRC with the necessary assistance in helping the affected population in Donbas. Separately, the parties stressed the important role of the Committee in ensuring that the Russian Federation, as the occupying power, adheres to the norms of international humanitarian law in the temporarily occupied Crimea, where systemic violations continue, in particular restrictions on the freedom of movement of Ukrainian citizens," the report says.

They also discussed issues related to the planned visit of ICRC President Peter Maurer to Ukraine, access to persons in the temporarily occupied territories, and the search for missing persons.

The humanitarian operation in Donbas is the eighth largest operation of the Committee in the world. In 2014-2019, the ICRC spent more than USD 260 million for humanitarian aid to Ukraine. In 2020, the Committee plans to raise almost USD 73 million for this purpose.


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