The Ministry for Reintegration will carry out monitoring of the situation on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol temporally occupied by the Russian Federation.
Information will be obtained from different sources. Inter alia, on the principles of partnership with state authorities and local governments, intelligence community, non-government and human rights organizations, lawyers and journalists.
Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Ihor Yaremenko reported on this matter at a press conference on the occasion of the presentation of studies of the "Eastern Human Rights Group" (EHRG) on the illegal exploitation of mineral resources in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine by Russian-controlled entities in ORDLO (occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts), as well as on the agents of pro-Russian ideology in the temporarily occupied areas of Donbas. The Head of the organization Vira Yastrebova presented the study. People's Deputies of Ukraine Nelli Yakovlieva and Vasyl Mokan also took part in the presentation.
“The philosophy of the work of the Ministry for Reintegration is based on the fact that overcoming the challenges that Ukraine faced, including the safe reintegration of TOT, can be possible only by cooperation of the state and civil society. In fact, this is one of the essential differences between free Ukraine and Russia-controlled TOT of Ukraine,” emphasized Ihor Yaremenko.
Consolidation of efforts and intensive dialogue with stakeholders will not only provide data on the real situation, which would constitute the basis of programs and projects in the context of the reintegration strategy, but also establish a community of consolidation for more effective joint actions.
Therefore, the Ministry for Reintegration has begun work on a draft Strategy for the Economic Recovery of Donbas in order to ensure conditions for sustainable development and growth of socio-economic indicators of the territories affected by the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, to provide citizens with jobs. The Ministry for Reintegration have sent relevant invitation letters to join the work on development to 189 institutions and organizations.
“It is necessary to take into account not only purely economic, but also security, social and humanitarian factors for economic recovery. We believe that a strategy based on broad consensus will be more effective. After all, those who were involved will become the drivers of the ideas envisaged in it, and consequently, positive changes,” noted the Deputy Minister.
Yaremenko noted that the EHRG's study on the agents of pro-Russian ideology in ORDLO contains useful factual evidence, which will be taken into account in a time of development of the model of transitional justice.
“We must segregate individuals who have committed crimes from those civilians who have actually become hostages of the occupiers. This is a prerequisite for the safe reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, Crimean Peninsula, and some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts,” added Yaremenko.
The data on illegal exploitation of mineral resources and violation of human rights at coal enterprises will be studied in the context of prosecution of the occupying state.