RUSSIA CONTINUES TO BLOCK THE ACCESS OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO THE TERRITORY OF THE OCCUPIED CRIMEA AND VIOLATES HUMANITARIAN LAW
Ihor Yaremenko, Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine stated the aforementioned on the air of UA:Krym (Crimea).
"As you know, Ukraine in every possible way support organizations that send humanitarian cargoes to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine. Similarly, we could facilitate such cargoes, which would go to the territory of the occupied Crimea. We have held appropriate consultations with our international partners. They are ready. Furthermore, they even applied to the occupying state with the offer of humanitarian aid and obligatory access to the territory of the occupied Peninsula to monitor the situation. They got refusal in response. Russia continues to block any access of international monitoring and international humanitarian organizations to the territory of the occupied Crimea, and also does not allow residents of Crimea, who are citizens of Ukraine to travel to the mainland of Ukraine to buy medicines that the occupied Peninsula is lacking," said Yaremenko.
Deputy Minister assured that such actions of the aggressor state can lead to significant deterioration of the epidemiological situation on the territory of the occupied Crimea. At the same time, he stressed that Ukraine would be ready to deploy special field hospitals near EECP and humanitarian camps.
An option with active involvement of in-patient hospitals in Kherson oblast is also being considered.
According to the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT, due to the restrictions imposed by the Russian Federation, the number of citizens crossing the EECP in both directions has decreased to about 700 per day. Moreover, Ihor Yaremenko recalled that citizens who travel to the mainland of Ukraine should install application "Diia" on their smartphones and undergo the PCR-test. In addition, those who do not have permanent residence on the mainland, have the opportunity to wait for the result of the test in specially equipped places in Kherson oblast.