Ukraine urges Russia, as the state-occupant, to provide the protection of life and health of the population in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and annexed Crimea in terms of Covid-19 pandemic as the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.
“We urge the Russian Federation to provide in its entity the right for life and access to the medical provision of illegally inmate citizens of Ukraine, provide unhindered and safe access for the representative of the international monitoring missions and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as doctors to the population of the temporarily occupied territories to hold qualified medical examination and treatment and provision of the humanitarian aid,” the document said.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry also demanded from Russia to regularly provide full information toward the situation with the spread of coronavirus disease in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories and measures on the provision of help to the population of these territories due to the pandemic.
The ministry explained that the continued armed aggression from the side of Russia makes it impossible for the Ukrainian side to provide direct aid to the population of the temporarily occupied territories. In the terms of the continuation of the combat actions and actual closure of the access by the occupation administration for OSCE, UN agencies, ICRC and other humanitarian organizations also complicate the aid from the side of the international society.
“Once more we note the commitment of the Russian Federation as the state-occupant in accordance with the norms of the international humanitarian right to assume all necessary measures aiming for provision of the protection of life and health of the population of these territories,” the ministry stated.
Particularly, the Foreign Ministry pointed out that according to Article 56 of Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War dated August 12, 1949, the occupation authority is obliged to provide and maintain in occupied territory the conditions, which are satisfactory from the point of view of healthcare and sanitation; it should assume prevention and precaution measures necessary for the prevention of the spread of the infectious diseases and epidemics.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that Ukraine would not relax or ease sanctions against Russia due to the spread of Covid-19.