MINISTER V. CHERNYSH TALKED ON THE CURRENT HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN THE EAST OF UKRAINE IN FRAMES OF BRIEFING TO THE MEMBER STATES OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Today, February 12, 2019, in New York, under the chairmanship of the UN Assistant Secretary-General Ursula Mueller, the Briefing on the "Humanitarian situation in Ukraine" was given to the UN Member States. At the event, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs presented a Humanitarian Response Plan for 2019-2020, in frames of which the international humanitarian organizations will implement a wide range of activities, including provision of food aid, basic necessities, medical and psychological services, non-food assistance and issues of mine action.
According to the Plan, humanitarian operations to the amount of US$162 million were identified as crucial to address the most urgent needs of about 2.3 million people who belong to the most vulnerable categories.
On its part, the Government of Ukraine creates all conditions to provide humanitarian access, ensuring the rights and freedoms of people crossing the contact line.
“We are ready to make every effort to ensure that the citizens of Ukraine, adversely affected by the conflict, are protected. In 2018, the reconstruction of EECP in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts was carried out. In particular, EECP “Stanytsia Luhanska” and EECP “Marinka” have been fully equipped. In total, more than $ 2.1 million was spent on the arrangement of the EECPs. The indicated EECPs are equipped with canopies for passage of people, new objects of the service area, as well with the centralized water supply system and sewage, power supply and others. Also, the corresponding work on the facilities construction of EECPs “Novotroitske”, “Hnutove”, “Maiorske” in Donetsk oblast was started last year.
At the same time, the Government understands that it is necessary to create favorable conditions for the civilian population on EECPs and support the connections between population on both sides of the contact line, since last year about 13 million crossings of the line of contact were recorded, which is 2 million more than in 2017”,- the Minister stressed.
It should be noted that the procedure of the delivery of humanitarian goods to the temporarily occupied territories is maximally simplified, as ensuring access and providing with humanitarian assistance are not only the prior work direction of the Government of Ukraine, but also fulfillment of international obligations of Ukraine, in particular Resolution of UN SC №2202.
Without access to the temporarily occupied territories, the Government of Ukraine, in order to maintain contacts with citizens residing in the temporarily occupied part of Donbas, brought closer to the contact line all the necessary services. In particular, in 14 cities of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, in 2018, centers providing administrative services got the necessary equipment for obtaining passports by citizens of Ukraine. Along the line of contact, mobile banking operates daily, where residents of the temporarily occupied territories can use a full range of bank services. There are also centers for providing free legal assistance at the EECP.
In addition, Vadim Chernish spoke about the Act on Mine Action, recently adopted by the Parliament of Ukraine, which is an example of progressive solution of the critical issues associated with land mining. At the same time, mine clearance operations took place throughout all the conflict period. In particular, in 2018 the representatives of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine cleared 4287 hectares of contaminated areas and destroyed 260,000 explosive objects.
"For Ukraine and the international partners, the adoption of the Act on Mine Action is important, especially in terms of regulation and interaction of all actors in the field of mine action. This year, for the first time, Ukraine has allocated 5 million UAH on studying the risks of mines and explosive remnants of war. And it is our Ministry that will be responsible for activities within the framework of the allocated financing",- the Minister said.