Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Ihor Yaremenko and the Head of UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Matilda Bogner discussed the responsibility of the Russian Federation and the situation in the East of Ukraine, which has developed due to the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, human rights violations in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukrainian Donbas and Crimea and other important subjects.
The Deputy Minister once again stressed the position of the Government of Ukraine and the international community, which condemn the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, also cautioned against any form of recognition of the role of the Russian Federation except as a party to an international armed conflict.
“It is important to consolidate the efforts of the international community, including humanitarian organizations, to prevent the aggressor state from hiding behind its proxies in the territory of Ukrainian Donbas and not allow the Russian Federation to avoid responsibility for the crimes committed,” noted Ihor Yaremenko. “Only the recognition of responsibility of the Russian Federation can improve the situation and, consequently, reduce cases of human rights violations.”
Matilda Bogner, for her part, noted the priority of ensuring the protection of citizens during an armed conflict and reducing losses among civilians, as well as highlighted the main issues faced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in this field.
The participants to the meeting have also paid special attention to the need to contain the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, as well as responsibility of the Russian Federation for the spread of COVID. In addition, the parties paid attention to the situation resulting from the restriction of access for monitoring and humanitarian missions to the temporarily occupied territories on the side of the Russian occupation administrations.
It was noted that restriction of access for monitoring and humanitarian missions under the guise of quarantine and use of the pandemic by the Russian Federation to legitimize such actions is absolutely unacceptable. The UN continues to support the position of unhindered access to the civilians adversely affected by the Russian aggression from both sides of the contact line, primarily for provision of humanitarian assistance, as well as for mapping the needs.
Moreover, the parties discussed cooperation in terms of collecting information on human rights violations in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, means of legal protection of the persons adversely affected by the Russian aggression, including violations of property rights in Crimea, the illegal conscription, militarization of education on TOT, as well as the general situation of negative socio-economic consequences for the citizens of Ukraine due to the armed aggression of the Russian Federation.