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Britain's Ambassador speaks on expansion of support for Ukrainian veterans and IDPs

UK will continue its humanitarian assistance program for veterans and IDPs and will join the development of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs
10:24, 31 October 2019

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Ambassador of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to Ukraine Melinda Simmons has announced an intention to expand assistance to Ukrainian veterans and IDPs. She announced this during a meeting with the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oksana Kolyada, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reports.

"We have been focusing our efforts on humanitarian assistance to veterans, internally displaced persons and those living in a temporary occupied territory for almost 5 years. Now we want to expand the range of our assistance. We are keeping humanitarian direction and, at the same time, we want to join the development of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, to strengthen the institutional capacity," Simmons stated.

Related: New Britain’s Ambassador Melinda Simmons arrives in Ukraine

Oksana Kolyada, on the other hand, identified the areas that need international support and described the veterans' spacing project, which she presented at NATO Headquarters to NATO Alliance Trust Fund in Brussels.

Kolyada and Simmons agreed to hold a series of working meetings in order to develop a strategy of assistance and support for Ukrainian veterans and IDPs in the near future.

As we reported earlier, the representatives of foreign states and international institutions in a letter addressed to the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada and President’s Office concerning some points of bill #1008 adopted by the parliament on October 16 as Sudebno-Yurydychna newspaper reported.

Particularly, EU Ambassador Matti Maasikas, UK Ambassador Melinda Simmons, Canada’s Ambassador Roman Waschuk, EBRD Managing Director, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Matteo Patrone and German Ambassador Anka Feldhusen appealed to Ukrainian officials.

The letter notes that the adopted bill is “draft law is one step as part of a longer trajectory of judicial reform, and that there is a strong political imperative for rapid reform”.

Related: Ukraine's Cabinet allocates additional $ 11,9 mln for IDPs' and Donbas veterans' housing

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