The Government has
taken a decision to make another attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to the
population of the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, those residing on
the temporarily controlled territories by the Russian-led terrorists, Prime
Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers
on Wednesday, 24 December.
is extremely complicated, as the Russian terrorists made hostages the people who
live on the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, temporarily not controlled
by the Central authorities", said the Head of Government.
He stressed that the
humanitarian catastrophe that has now occurred on the territories of Donetsk
and Luhansk regions, “is connected with just one thing: Russia does not implement
the Minsk Protocol, we do not have access to those areas where are operating the
Russian terrorists, who should be taken away so that to provide people an
opportunity to live a normal life", "The sooner the Minsk Protocol is
fulfilled and the sooner the Russian military and the Russian terrorists leave
the territory, we will be able to regain control over the respective territories
and, consequently, people will not suffer."
Moreover, at today's
session the Cabinet of Ministers will adopt a decision to unblock values of the
State material reserves, and the funds have been allotted from the State Budget
to form a humanitarian aid, "We are doing our job. The people need help,
there are Ukrainian citizens there".
He reminded that a tripartite
meeting of the contact group in Minsk was planned, "Not contacts are significant,
but decisions: they let our humanitarian cargo through, implement the Minsk
Protocol, get away from the Ukrainian land, and then, step by step, we will
stabilize the situation. Including an issue of the restoration of
infrastructure of Donetsk and Luhansk".
According to the Head
of the Government, to restore the infrastructure of these areas, the Cabinet of
Ministers and the European Investment Bank signed a financial deal worth Eur 200 million, "So the sooner we regain full control,
the sooner we will be able to send funds there, to rebuild schools, hospitals,
railway and to ensure normal life for the citizens".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed
that the delivery of humanitarian assistance is within the responsibility of Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko.
The Vice Prime Minister reported that day there was formed a humanitarian cargo at the total weight of 326 tons, "Tomorrow, from Kharkiv, at 9:00 there will be sent three
columns in the direction Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk
and Pavlograd". This assistance, according to Hennadii Zubko, is intended
primarily for the
located on the territories,
temporarily not controlled by the authorities: nursing homes and homes for the