Poroshenko hopes that the first Commissioner's visit to Ukraine over the last 22 years will allow to assess the true scale of the humanitarian situation in Donbas, which the Russian Federation bares responsibility for.
“We are grateful to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for the strong support, and hope to enhance communication and cooperation,” Poroshenko said.
Moreover, the President addressed Filippo Grandi with a request to pay attention to the problems faced by the Crimean Tatars in the territory of the Russian-occupied Crimea.
Filippo Grandi said that he purposely chose to visit Ukraine in the first year of his tenure as High Commissioner.
“We attach great importance to the situation in Ukraine and the role we can play in solving its problems. My visit is also important in the way that we will be able to deliver information about the challenges faced by your country, around the world,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.
November 15, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), confirming the support of Ukraine on the return of the peninsula. The draft resolution received 73 votes, 23 voted against, and 76 abstained.