ICRC WILL CONTINUE TO ASSIST UKRAINE IN OVERCOMING THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE ARMED AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will continue its humanitarian mission in the East of Ukraine to reduce the negative consequences of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation on the civilians. The Deputy Minister for European Integration Ihor Yaremenko and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer have discussed the aforementioned at the meeting.
The parties emphasized the importance of humanitarian response activities, particularly in the context of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. They discussed the issues of assistance and access of ICRC to Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in the temporarily occupied territories, as well as in the Russian Federation, with an objective of their subsequent release.
"I am very grateful to Mr. Maurer for the invaluable assistance provided by the ICRC to Ukraine and for the work carried out by the Red Cross in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts," noted Yaremenko.
Let us recall that the International Committee of the Red Cross has been assisting to counter the humanitarian consequences of Russian aggression since 2014. Since then, the organization has allocated international aid for more than USD 268 million to Ukraine, including up to USD 60 million in 2019. More than 3 million citizens of Ukraine have already received food, financial and psychological assistance from the ICRC.
At the same time, the ICRC is involved in the work of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the East of Ukraine, as a leading organization for the formation and observance of international humanitarian law.