PROSPECTS FOR STRENGTHENING INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE TO RESIDENTS OF TOT AND IDPS WERE DISCUSSED IN BRUSSELS
Prospects for strengthening provision of assistance to Ukrainian citizens affected by the aggression of the Russian Federation were discussed by Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine on European Integration Oleksii Ilyashenko and Deputy Director-General of the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) Michael Kohler. A bilateral meeting was held in Brussels in the framework of the 5th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Committee.
The Parties identified joint priority steps to facilitate the lives of people affected by the Russian-Ukrainian war in the East of Ukraine and from the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. In particular, the importance of restoring people's rights and freedoms. First of all, it is water supply for TOT, assistance to people affected by shelling, simplification of crossing and social conditions on the EECP. Participants also discussed the ways to improve the provision of services in the Government controlled area of Ukraine, in particular medical services, obtaining high-quality Ukrainian education, administrative services and the like.
«Due to the prolonged armed aggression of the Russian Federation, the Government of Ukraine does not have direct access to the temporarily occupied territories. Accordingly, the occupying forces make receiving assistance by residents of TOT impossible and do not allow ensuring their rights by Ukrainian government. Therefore, the assistance of international organizations is one of the important issues for the protection of human rights and the provision of priority vital assistance to residents of TOT», ‒ noted Oleksii Ilyashenko. «For our part, we are doing everything possible to make life easier for citizens who are forced to remain in the temporarily occupied territory, as well as for their successful integration into the socio-cultural space of Ukraine, and reintegration of internally displaced persons into communities».
In addition, during the meeting, mine action questions were raised, the search for missing persons and the release of persons who were captured by illegal armed groups in the temporarily occupied territory or are political prisoners in the Russian Federation.