Activity of missions of occupied Donbas republic should not be allowed in Italy, - Ukraine’s Interior Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

Besides, Ukraine and Italy agreed to strengthen the counteraction the illegal migration
19:41, 5 August 2020

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov in Italy
Ukraine's Interior Ministry

Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov met Italian Minister of Interior Luciana Lamorgese in Rome. The parties discussed the strengthening of cooperation as the Ukrainian ministry reported.

During the meeting, Avakov noted the inadmissibility of the activity of the so-called representative offices of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in the territory of Italy.

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According to him, the social organizations that do not have and cannot have any official diplomatic status might be prosecuted due to the illegal and terrorist activity.

“Particularly, the enrollment of the radical militants for the participation in the illegal armed formations in the temporarily occupied territories,” the message said.

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Avakov noted that already three citizens of Italy received prison sentences for participation in the military actions in Donbas at the side of the so-called DPR and LPR and Ukraine is ready to provide information about over 20 Italian citizens who fight in the east of Ukraine.

Besides, the Interior Minister of Ukraine expressed gratitude to Italy for the consistent position toward the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

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Moreover, Avakov and Lamorgese discussed joint education and internship of the Ukrainian police officers in Italy.

As we reported, since the beginning of August 5, Russian mercenaries opened fire in Donbas once. This included two shots from an under-barrel grenade launcher.

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