(QHA) -

Japan offers its support for Ukraine on the issue of providing assistance to Crimea residents, who were forced to move to the mainland Ukraine amid Crimea annexation.

This was announced during the meeting of Ministry of Social Politics Ludmila Denisova and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Toichi Sakata, press-service of the Ministry reports.
Sakata reminded that 3 years ago Japan suffered from huge earthquake and about 500 thousand Japanese people became refugees, noting 270 thousand of them are still living in temporary housings.  

He assured that, taking into account the bitter experience, Japan will help Ukraine to settle the difficult situation in Ukraine.
In turn, Denisova noted that Ukraine is already cooperating with international organization on the issue of assistance to refugees from Crimea.

Crimea was annexed by Russia following Crimean referendum on March 16.

Thousands of Crimeans had to leave the peninsula to mainland Ukraine.