RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT IS A NECESSARY MEASURE TO SAVE THE LIVES OF OUR CITIZENS - DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER REZNIKOV
The Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories is fully aware of the concerns of non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders regarding the possible difficulties due to temporarily restriction of movement through the EECPs by residents of the temporarily occupied territories and certain categories of citizens who have IDP certificates.
That is why the Ministry has taken and is taking all possible steps to prevent problems during these forced measures.
This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of TOT Oleksii Reznikov.
“Discussions on the possible imposition of restrictions on the crossing of the contact line through EECP have only just begun, the Ministry for Reintegration immediately got the initiative to temporarily suspend the requirement for IDPs to confirm the actual presence on the Government controlled territory within 60 days. We understand that these are mainly pensioners, who are at risk and are most vulnerable to the coronavirus. The decision to abolish this requirement has now been adopted. People do not need to take any additional actions, pensions and social assistance will be transferred automatically and in full, these funds will be available at the end of the quarantine, or one can use a bank card - non-cash funds, bank cards in any case will not be blocked,” noted Reznikov.
He noted that movement restrictions are a critical, forced and temporary measure designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, which is the most dangerous for the elderly persons. Without exaggeration, it is about the lives of the citizens.
“We see that other countries are imposing stricter restrictions. But so far, we consider it urgent to at least limit the movement of people inside the country. This is an anti-pandemic measure, which today is the most effective for reducing and preventing disease. Temporary restriction on crossing through the EECP has been introduced in order to realize the right to life and reduce the risk of its loss. And the later these restrictions are introduced, the tighter they are, as there may be more casualties and more effort may be needed to contain the situation. In particular, the President of France, where dozens of people have already died, compares the current epidemic with the war, and introduced a de facto ban on leaving homes.In Italy, Spain, Austria and elsewhere, everything is being done to restrict movement. Europe is practically self-isolating. China's experience shows that it was possible to overcome the epidemic only through strict restrictions on movement and direct contacts,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
The restrictions apply not only to the EECPs, not only to the occupied territories and not only to IDPs. Restrictive measures are introduced in the cities, such as work of public transport, public catering, shopping malls, etc. Passenger transportation within Ukraine is abolished. This will affect tens of millions of people.
“We understand that the rapid introduction of restrictive measures, when not all citizens have time to complete the work and fully prepare, will create inconvenience. But there is simply no other option than to act immediately. Statistics in Europe show that the number of infected and dead can double in a day, the virus is spreading very quickly. That is why Ukraine has to act,” emphasized Reznikov.
He noted that the Ministry for Reintegration is in continuous contact with local authorities, police, border guards and our military for a prompt response to complex cases that now arise, developing algorithms for joint action and that is why, appeals to everyone to treat the situation with understanding.
“I would like to thank to all non-governmental and human rights organizations, separate activists who are now providing practical assistance to both the authorities and the people. Joint efforts will help to get through this hardship more effectively. So, let's be united at a distance - save the world!” summed up the Deputy Prime Minister.