This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov.
“We understand the complexity of the situation that people find themselves in because of the temporary closure of the EECP, so for our part we are doing everything to ensure that our international partners can get to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to provide the assistance they are currently able to provide. In fact, we also discussed this during a meeting with representatives of the ICRC and the UN two weeks ago. At the same time, what situation do we have on the part of the occupation authorities in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts? They have completely blocked the possibility of international organizations to enter the temporarily occupied territory. There are already several of such facts. Amidst the coronavirus epidemic, it raises even greater suspicion that the occupation administration is trying to hide the real state of incidence by blocking independent information channels,” emphasized Deputy Prime Minister.
An appropriate clarification on the humanitarian grounds for granting entry/exit rights from TOT has been sent to the Ministry of Defence, the State Border Service of Ukraine, the General Staff and JFO.
“A few days ago, the representative of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, issued an appeal to the Russian Federation and its subordinate occupation administrations demanding freedom of movement across the contact line of the Special Monitoring Mission OSCE to Ukraine, UN organizations, non-governmental organizations and the ICRC. We also insist that under the current circumstances it is even more important that humanitarian aid continues to reach people in these areas, and that the UN, non-governmental organizations and the ICRC should have unhindered access to those in need throughout Donbas,” Reznikov added.
We are now seeing a similar situation with the crossing of civilians.
The situation on the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, as well as on the administrative border line with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, remains stable.
Between 09:00 on March 30 and 09:00 on March 31, 93 persons and 7 vehicles crossed the administrative border line with Crimea, which is 1.9% of the daily average before the quarantine was introduced. 67% of the crossings are the return of citizens with permanent registration on the mainland of Ukraine from the temporarily occupied territory.
The movement across the contact line in Donbas has been stopped due to the closure of the EECP by the occupation administrations on the territory of ORDLO.
At the same time, the Ukrainian authorities have established and guaranteed a mechanism to cross the EECP in the presence of humanitarian grounds.
In particular, during March 30, one person entered from the occupied Crimea by a separate decision of the Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine.
Also, during the past 24 hours, two persons were allowed from the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk Oblast through the EECP “Mariinka” by a separate decision of the Commander of Joint Forces.
“I would like to commemorate the work of our border guards and thank everyone who helps us to keep "our finger on the pulse" of the situation, especially non-governmental organizations that also provide information promptly. We continue to work on improving the algorithms to resolve all possible issues,” added Deputy Prime Minister.
Recall, that on March 17, 2020, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories held a meeting with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations in Ukraine, in a course of which the parties discussed cooperation during the quarantine.