Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Statement by Natalia Nikonorova, Head of the Interdepartmental Committee on Accreditation of Humanitarian Missions

25 May 2021
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In the framework of ensuring and coordinating the activities of the Interdepartmental Committee on Accreditation of Humanitarian Missions, special attention is always paid to checking the composition of the international organizations' employees, accredited or applied for accreditation in the Donetsk People's Republic. Unfortunately, during the several years of the Committee's activity, we have repeatedly come across cases when international humanitarian missions, that plan to enter the territory of the DPR to carry out humanitarian activities, include citizens of foreign states who are now or used to be employees of organizations that are banned on the territory of the Republics.

Yesterday, on May 24, an attempt of such citizens to infiltrate into the territory of the Republic as part of UNICEF was stopped. According to information received by the Ministry of State Security of the DPR in cooperation with the Ministry of State Security of the LPR, one of the foreign citizens was previously an employee of an organization banned in the territory of the Russian Federation and a number of other countries. The second foreign citizen, who tried to enter the DPR, worked for several years in a senior position in an international charitable foundation, the entire composition of which was expelled from the Lugansk People's Republic after being charged with espionage.

We welcome the humanitarian activities of international missions, which are aimed at helping our citizens and are carried out in accordance with the legislation of the Republic, as well as on the basis of the principles of humanity, impartiality and neutrality. At the same time, we have a clear position: we intend to counteract attempts to infiltrate the territory of the Republic under the guise of international organizations by persons pursuing illegal goals or associated with prohibited organizations.