Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen said this at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Vienna on September 15, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“For Austria, the issue of life of the population in the conflict zone is essential; therefore, we provide appropriate humanitarian assistance, especially to internally displaced persons. I am glad that during the visit of President Zelensky, we were able to promise and confirm that we will provide EUR 1 million in assistance to help this region," Van der Bellen said.
He noted that he had a long conversation with Zelensky about the situation in eastern Ukraine and about Crimea.
According to him, the conflict in Donbas is "an open wound in the middle of Europe." In this context, Van der Bellen thanked Zelensky for his "bold and courageous initiatives", especially those concerning the civilian population in Donbas.
He also welcomed the long-term ceasefire in the conflict zone, stressing that the truce is observed "in most cases." "A full implementation of the Minsk agreements is the key to a sustainable settlement of this conflict," the Austrian Federal President said.
As Ukrinform reported, a complete and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbas was established on July 27, 2020. At the same time, on September 6, the armed formations of the Russian Federation opened aimed fire from small arms at Ukrainian positions near Prychepylivka in Luhansk region. As a result of the shelling, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed.
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