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Ukraine offered humanitarian aid to occupied Donbas to fight Covid-19, local authorities refused from it

Source : 112 Ukraine

The militants agreed to receive the aid only from the Red Cross
15:48, 20 May 2020

press conference of Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky
Press service of Ukrainian President

Ukraine offered occupied areas of Donbas to provide them with humanitarian aid to fight against Covid-19 but the so-called ‘local authorities’ refused from the proposal as 112 Ukraine TV channel reported citing President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The president stated he is familiarized with real rates of incidence with coronavirus in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and the difficult situation there.

“We offered them humanitarian aid, common people. They do not get it hiding behind the fact that they have everything to fight Covid-19. There is nothing. There are no infectious hospitals, sufficient beds, or protective means,” the president said.

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He stated he succeeded to agree on the entry permit for the humanitarian freight through Red Cross.

“I have agreed directly with the Red Cross and then they admitted and agreed to get the humanitarian aid from the Red Cross,” Zelensky said.

As we reported, Ukraine has turned to the ODIHR, asking to follow the human rights protection situation in the temporarily occupied territories in Donbas and Crimea. In conditions of the raging Covid-19 pandemic, these violations are an increasingly common thing in these areas.

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