Ukraine May Deploy Humanitarian Camps at Crimea's Border to Fight Coronavirus

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Canan Kevser
25 November 2020, 13:59
Canan Kevser
25 November 2020, 13:59

Ukraine may deploy humanitarian camps at checkpoints on the administrative border with the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea considering the situation with the spread of coronavirus and the shortage of drugs in the temporarily occupied territories, said Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Inna Holovanchuk.

She explained that officials are unable to control everything that happens considering the COVID-19 situation in the temporarily occupied territory, yet it is possible to bring services closer for the citizens.

"Such a decision [deployment of humanitarian camps at Crimea's border] can be adopted, taking into account the situation with the spread of coronavirus and the shortage of medicines in the temporarily occupied territories," Holovanchuk said in the interview with Interfax.

She noted that in case of a critical aggravation of the situation with the incidence of COVID-19, it is also possible to deploy humanitarian camps at the checkpoint in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

According to the Deputy Minister of Reintegration, Ukraine in every possible way contributes to organisations that send humanitarian supplies to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.

However, she told, the situation with Crimea is more complicated.

"We could facilitate such cargoes from international humanitarian organisations that would go to the territory of the occupied Crimea. We held appropriate consultations with our international partners. They are ready. Moreover, they even turned to the occupying country with the offer of humanitarian aid and obligatory access to the territory of the occupied peninsula to monitor the situation," Inna Holovanchuk said.

She asserted that in response, international officials were refused [by the occupation authorities].

Holovanchuk stressed that Russia continues to block any access to the territory of the occupied Crimea for international monitoring and international humanitarian organisations, and also does not allow Crimean residents - Ukrainian citizens to travel to the mainland of Ukraine to buy medicines.