August 13, 2014
EU member countries stated the necessity to send direct humanitarian aid to Ukraine
The news were reported by NSDC Information Center spokesman colonel Andriy Lysenko during a briefing at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in Kyiv.
International organizations are sending humanitarian cargo for the citizens of the Ukrainian East, who are suffering from the terrorists’ actions.
‘EU states are providing 2,5 million Euros’ worth of aid. The Georgian President also expressed his readiness to get involved in international humanitarian aid, as in the past Georgia was also subject to aggression and understands the gravity of the situation in Ukraine. The coordination of this activity was given to the International Red Cross Committee. The cargo is transported using Red Cross vehicles and has to go through working border checkpoints in Ukraine, as well as the Customs Service’, – emphasized the NSDC spokesman.
After the assembly of the EU Committee for Politics and Security, EU member countries stated the necessity to send direct humanitarian aid to Ukraine in full accordance with humanitarian law and principles, and with the Ukrainian government’s explicit consent.
The head of the French MFA Laurent Fabius emphasized that the issue of allowing a column of humanitarian transport inside Ukraine should be discussed with the Kyiv government, and entertained the possibility that Moscow is trying to establish its permanent presence in Ukraine this way.
Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julia Bishop stated that any attempt Moscow makes to send the army to Donbas under the guise of a humanitarian mission will be condemned by the Australian government.
‘If Russia was worried about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, the first thing to do is to stop the supply of weapons and militants to eastern Ukraine’, – she said after a meeting with the heads of the U.S. Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministries in Sydney.