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Danylo Lubkivskiy: You don’t need tanks and artillery to bring food and medicine for civilians

August 12, 2014
‘Stop the aggression. And there will be no need for any humanitarian aid’ – D. Lubkivskiy

Danylo Lubkivskiy: You don’t need tanks and artillery to bring food and medicine for civilians

These and the following was stated by representative of Ukraine to UNESCO Executive Council Danylo Lubkivskiy during the press briefing in Kyiv.

‘Russia keeps inventing new excuses for its policy’, – he emphasized. – In Georgia, it was “defending pro-Russian minorities”. In Ukraine’s Crimea – “preventing NATO invasion”. In Donbas, they are trying to use the pretext of “humanitarian aid”.

According to UNESCO representative the anti-terrorist operation comes to a decisive point. The ATO forces are closing in on the terrorists. The Russian terrorists hang on one and only thing – Russia’s support. Russia continues illegal supply of weapons and sponsors bloodshed.

Ukrainian military and civilians are constant targets to Russian shelling. Russian aircrafts on a regular basis violate Ukrainian air space.
Russia keeps accumulating armed forces along the Ukrainian border.

‘Russia keeps inventing new excuses for its policy’, – he emphasized. – In Georgia, it was “defending pro-Russian minorities”. In Ukraine’s Crimea – “preventing NATO invasion”. In Donbas, they are trying to use the pretext of “humanitarian aid”.

The UNESCO representative underlined: ‘Let me be clear – you don’t need tanks and artillery to bring food and medicine for civilians. Stop the aggression. Stop the Russian terrorists. Stop the shelling. Stop your cynical propaganda. And there will be no need for any humanitarian aid’.

He stated that upon Ukrainian requests the international partners had already agreed to provide the Government of Ukraine with the assistance and support in addressing the humanitarian needs and rebuilding Donbas.
‘Ukrainian Government successfully cooperates in this matter with the UN and the Red Cross’, – Lubkivskiy said.
Upon the initiative of the President of Ukraine and following his invitation to the International Committee of the Red Cross, a mechanism of close Ukraine-Red Cross interaction was established in Kyiv as well as in Geneva.
This assistance will be provided in strict compliance with the international law and Ukraine`s legislation.
Namely, as stated by the President, it has to be a mission international in nature, without foreign military escort of any kind, which goes only through border crossing points determined by Ukraine and security of which is taken care of solely by Ukraine.
UNESCO representative was pleased to inform that Ukraine and UN system were currently close to sealing a Preliminary Response Plan to support Ukrainian Government in addressing the immediate needs of the affected population.
‘It is our expectation that this Plan will be launched later this week at a Joint meeting for donor community in Kyiv, aimed at mobilizing financial resources for the international humanitarian response in Ukraine’, – Lubkivskiy stated.

Source: uacrisis.org


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