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Gerashchenko addresses OSCE with request to foster EECP unblocking at boundary line

Source : 112 Ukraine

The country-occupier is responsible for the humanitarian situation in Donbass, Gerashchenko stressed
15:00, 1 September 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

Representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group for the resolution of the situation in Donbas Iryna Gerashchenko handed over to the OSCE coordinators in the TCG and the humanitarian subgroup Sajdik and Frisch with a request to address the representatives of the ORDLO and to unblock the work of the EECPs on the boundary line. She claimed this on Facebook. 

The situation in Donbas is getting extremely troubling, Gerashchenko noted. 

Related: Militants do not allow civilians to go through boundary line in any direction

'I have received an extremely troubling information from the occupied by Russia Donbas. There are massive delays and arrests of citizens, the militants have blocked the work of all EECP, no one is released from the occupied territory. Basically, FSB created barrier troops who are getting millions of people into a cage by surrounding Donetsk,' she claimed.  

Also, she claimed that the movement of the people of the occupied territories was precisely blocked on September 1, on the first day of the school term. 

Related: Putin expresses condolences over murder of Zakharchenko

'I am stressing, that the EECPs are blocked precisely on September 1, when a school term started, when thousands of Ukrainians whose families are separated by the Russian aggression and occupation, are crossing the EECPs. Older people can't go after their pensions, children and students can't get to their educational institutions,' Gerashchenko noted. 

'I have already sent letters to the OSCE coordinators in the TCG and the humanitarian subgroup of M. Sajdik and T. Frisch with a request to immediately contact the representatives of the ORDO - to unblock the work of the EECP, also, have sent letters to ICRC to Ukraine with a request to urgently demand the access to the prisons in the occupied Donbas, where people are massively tortured. I am stressing that the country-occupier is responsible for the humanitarian situation in Donbass,' Gerashchenko claimed. 

Related: Death of Zakharchenko: All facts as of now

Reportedly, on August 31, as a result of the explosion in the restaurant in the downtown of Donetsk, head of “DNR” Oleksandr Zakharchenko died. The Russian mass media reported that Oleksandr Timofeyev, so-called "minister of revenue and duties" of "DNR" has also died. The so-called “law enforcers” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stated that they detained “Ukrainian saboteurs” who are presumably involved in the assassination of Zakharchenko. Although, SBU hasn’t approved the information.   

ORDO, Separate district of Donetsk region, suspects one of the guards of Zakharchenko in his death. At the same time, the Russian MFA accused "Kyiv regime" in the death of Zakharchenko.  It was reported on the closure of all crossing checkpoints along the Inter-Entity Boundary Line because of the incident. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences over the murder of Zakharchenko.  

Read more about the death of Zakharchenko here. 

Related: UN delivers 100 tons of humanitarian aid to occupied territories of Donbas

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