MINISTER FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS INFORMED UN OF HUMANITARIAN ISSUES IN DONBAS AND CRIMEA CAUSED BY RUSSIAN AGGRESSION
Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oksana Koliada informed the UN of humanitarian issues in Donbas caused by aggression of the Russian Federation.
As an Ukrinform correspondent reported from New York, the Minister delivered a speech at the plenary session of the 74th UN General Assembly on Monday, which was dedicated to the coordination of humanitarian assistance by the United Nations.
«The armed aggression of the Russian Federation has been going on in my country for 2,075 days. Over this period, more than 13 000 Ukrainian citizens have been killed, including 3345 civilians and 172 children», ‒ said the Minister.
Pisky was a respectable settlement near Donetsk, according to Koliada, today there are 6 families living in this village «who do not have the strength and financial ability to leave the area of everyday shelling».
Koliada showed photos depicting life in the frontline area and occupied territory. Ten children from the occupied village Staromaryivka go to school to the Government-controlled area of Ukraine in the village Hranitne every day, she said. «Four kilometres along the mined path and half-ruined boardwalk. This happens so regularly that Google maps created a corresponding route», ‒ she added.
According to Koliada, about 100,000 children live in the frontline area. Since 2014, seven children have been killed and 29 have been injured from mines.
In the territory of occupied Crimea, the Minister stressed, the civilians are persecuted and arrested on political, ethnic and religious grounds, Ukrainian schools are closed, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar identities are obliterated, and Ukraine’s cultural heritage is destroyed. Koliada noted that one month ago, Arbitration Court of the Central District of Kaluha issued default correspondence decision to evict the Crimean Diocese of Orthodox Church of Ukraine from the Saint Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr and Olha Cathedral in Simferopol. At the same time the decision was made for the demolition of the Crimean Diocese of Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Yevpatoria.
More than one hundred Ukrainian citizens have been «imprisoned on political grounds» in Crimea. In 2014 alone, more than 500 000 Russian citizens have been resettled in Crimea, noted the Minister. «Tough militarization of the Peninsula is ongoing», ‒ she said.
As reported, on December 9, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution «Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Azov Sea» which contains a provision about the nuclear facilities and infrastructure seized by the Russian Federation in the occupied territory. A Resolution on the protection of human rights in Crimea, previously approved by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, is expected on December 18.