Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The results of the group humanitarian issues (March 31)

31 March 2021
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Unfortunately, the discussion on humanitarian issues within the framework of today's negotiations did not lead to positive results.

“From session to session, we ask the Ukrainian party the same questions, but Kiev has not bothered to answer them. We systematically ask, firstly, when the procedural “clearing” of those 50 persons who were released in the exchange process, but who are still under criminal prosecution in Ukraine, will be completed. We know that for a month now, papers on the implementation of this “clearing” have been lying on the table of the Ukraine’s President. Only one signature separates us from real progress in this direction, all preparatory work has already been completed. It perfectly illustrates who exactly opposes the exemption from criminal prosecution of these citizens and does not seek to fulfill the obligations of Ukraine.

And, secondly, when the Ukrainian authorities begin to pass humanitarian supplies through the Elenovka-Novotroitskoe checkpoint, or at least when they explain to us why Kiev considers it safe to pass people through this checkpoint, and the goods unsafe.

Nevertheless, from time to time these issues are openly ignored by the Ukrainian negotiators without any explanation” - said Natalia Nikonorova.