The Ministry for Veterans Affairs and ICRC representatives in Ukraine discussed the issue of assistance to adversely affected persons as a result of armed aggression and temporary occupation by the Russian Federation in the East of Ukraine, as well as the areas of cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2020.
Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oleksii Illiashenko and the Head of the Mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as "ICRC") Florence Gillette discussed the work of the Interdepartmental Commission on the Application and Implementation of International Humanitarian Law, on the Issues of Persons Gone Missing under Special Circumstances, and on the Issues of Raising Awareness in the field of Mine Action in the East of the country.
“The Ministry for Veterans Affairs focuses its efforts to assist the affected persons as the result of occupation by the Russian Federation and for their reintegration into the Ukrainian information and social space,” said Oleksii Illiashenko during the meeting.
Florence Gillette assured of continued support of Ukraine and noted that the situation in the temporarily occupied territories in the East of Ukraine has been very complicated and delicate, and that the ICRC's main task has been to assist the affected persons. She also reported that the ICRC has been systematically organizing the delivery of humanitarian assistance 1-2 times a week. Since the beginning of 2020, there have been nearly 30 trips to the area of armed conflict to assist those most in need.
Oleksii Illiashenko thanked for the assistance to Ukrainians affected as a result of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation and that were forced to remain in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. In addition, he noted that one of the priorities for the Ministry for Veterans Affairs in relation to the temporarily occupied territories is the formation and implementation of state policy in the field of application of international humanitarian law in Ukraine.