Ukraine provides free vaccine for occupied Crimea and Donbas

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Canan Kevser
05 February 2021, 14:28
Canan Kevser
05 February 2021, 14:28

Ukraine on Friday announced that it offers free vaccination for citizens living in the uncontrolled territories, Crimea and Donbas.

"Ukrainian citizens residing in Russia-occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Ukraine for free," Ukrainian Deputy Health Minister, Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko said.

Speaking during an online briefing, he said these citizens would be vaccinated at vaccination points located in Ukrainian-controlled territory.

According to the address, the vaccination will be conducted voluntarily.

Coronavirus in occupied territories

According to the non-governmental organisations, the data of confirmed COVID-19 cases and mortality rates released by the occupation authorities of Crimea are significantly underreported.

Russia blocks any access to the territory of the occupied Crimea for international monitoring and international humanitarian organisations, and does not allow Crimean residents – Ukrainian citizens to travel to the mainland of Ukraine to buy medicines.

Earlier the Member of Ukrainian Parliament Rustem Umerov at PACE voiced concern over Russia's forced vaccinating of Ukrainian citizens in Crimea with its unlicensed Sputnik V vaccine.