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Militants block entry of UN humanitarian convoy to occupied Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

11 trucks with UN humanitarian cargo were sent to Severodonetsk
14:47, 27 February 2021

Kyivpost

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday, February 26, was unable to deliver humanitarian aid to the occupied part of Donbas. Russian occupation forces were blocking the delivery, as the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG wrote on its Telegram page.

The Ukrainian side in the TCG informed that 11 trucks with UN humanitarian cargo, which the Russian forces did not allow to enter the territory not controlled by Ukraine, were sent to Severodonetsk.

Related: Donbas: 11 Ukrainian servicemen wounded over past day

"The Ukrainian side notes that the shelling of settlements, blocking humanitarian convoys, the shelling of infrastructure facilities to create a humanitarian catastrophe, intensifying the shelling of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which the occupying forces have been resorting to recently, testify to the attempts of their leadership to artificially complicate the situation on the front line and use this complication for political speculation," the Ukrainian delegation wrote on Telegram.

The Ukrainian side has sent appropriate notes to the OSCE SMM and intends to raise this issue for discussion during the next TCG meeting, which is expected on March 3. 

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) awaits the reaction of partner countries and the leadership of international organizations to shelling by Russian occupation forces in Donbas on February 26.

"The Ukrainian side of the JCCC has sent the relevant notes to the OSCE SMM. We are also waiting for the corresponding reaction of the partner states and the leadership of international organizations," the message says.

Related: OSCE SMM in Donbas reports 30 ceasefire violations over day

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