THE MINISTRY FOR REINTEGRATION OF TOT AND OCHA HAVE DISCUSSED THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLAN FOR 2021
Deputy Minister for European Integration Ihor Yaremenko and Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ukraine Ignacio Leon-Garcia discussed the humanitarian situation in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and the main challenges faced by humanitarian organizations that provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia. Furthermore, during the meeting, the attention was focused to the consequences of restrictions on freedom of movement across the contact line due to quarantine measures and the legislative regulation of humanitarian assistance in crisis situations.
Ihor Yaremenko emphasized that on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, access of the population to services such as education, health care, in particular primary health care, mental and reproductive health services have significantly deteriorated. Also, the purchasing power of the civilians has decreased and people are losing the ability to self-sufficiency. The Deputy Minister noted that the humanitarian assistance needs of people who stayed in the occupied territories continue to grow, especially during the period of COVID-19. "That is why the role of humanitarian organizations is now vital for people who due to the Russian occupation in the East of Ukraine were left without access to state aid in these territories. The Ministry for Reintegration of TOT is doing everything to ensure that people who are hostages of the occupation regimes receive the necessary assistance," said Ihor Yaremenko. According to him, the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT makes efforts to ensure access to administrative services for residents from the TOT on the Government-controlled area, develops infrastructure facilities, service centers on the territory of EECPs. Already in November it is planned to open a service center at EECP "Shchastia" in Luhansk oblast, and in December a service center is planned at EECP "Novotroitske” in Donetsk oblast. Also, this year the service center will be opened at EECP "Chonhar". Each service center will have a Center for the provision of administrative services, as well as will be equipped with a recreation room, cafeteria, bathrooms, mother-and-child room, medical point, pharmacy, bank branch, store, post office. Furthermore, the service centers will be equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning systems, hot water and the like.
Preparations are also under way for the opening of new EECP in Luhansk oblast, which will ensure freedom of movement of civilians across the contact line in both directions, so that the residents of TOT have access to public services.
In addition, the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT together with the Ministry of Digital Transformation is working on digitalization of public services. The IDP certificate is already available in mobile application "Diia". An algorithm is being considered to provide an opportunity for citizens to submit an online application for compensation for destroyed housing, legal aid and other services, which are now available only offline. We are also working on the establishment of an algorithm of remote identification of citizens living in the TOT to use public services. So that thousands of people who currently receive pension benefits, have the opportunity to be identified without having to cross the EECP every 2 months.
The parties also discussed the development of the draft Humanitarian Response Plan for 2021 and the role of OCHA in its development. Head of OCHA in Ukraine Ignacio Leon-Garcia supported the need for participation of the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT and other government agencies in the formation of the Plan and noted that Ukraine's international partners will allocate at least USD 200 million for its realization next year.
Information: The purpose of the Humanitarian Response Plan is to coordinate the efforts of OCHA and other UN agencies, international and domestic humanitarian organizations and partners in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance, which supported the actions of the Government of Ukraine, host communities of internally displaced persons and volunteer organizations to strengthen their ability to respond to the crisis caused by the armed aggression of Russia against Ukraine.
The Humanitarian Response Plan is being developed by OCHA and partners based on humanitarian needs identified by international and domestic humanitarian organizations and analysis conducted by humanitarian clusters that implemented the Humanitarian Response Plan last year.