Another strong humanitarian move from Russia

On August 28, 2014, Russian President Putin addressed the militia of Novorossia with a request to open a humanitarian corridor for the Ukrainian military.

Putin said that the actions of the militia resulted in surrounding a large number of Ukrainian troops that were in battle against their will, just carrying out the orders. In order to avoid increasing the number of pointless victims President offered to provide a possibility for Ukrainian forces to withdraw from the area of ​​operations, reunite with their families and return to their mothers, wives and children. The wounded in military operations could receive the urgent medical aid they need.

Putin also urged Kiev to cease hostilities immediately and to negotiate with representatives of the Donbass. For its part, Russia is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the population of the south-east of Ukraine.
This decision of President Putin is a strong and humane step, once again demonstrating the peacefulness of the Russian foreign policy, the willingness to contribute to peace and to the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. Stating that the Novorossia is already a de-facto geopolitical reality, Putin suggested that the Ukrainian authorities cease hostilities immediately, stop the fire, sit down at the negotiating table with representatives of the Donbass, and solve all the accumulated problems peacefully.

The actions of the Russian government are completely in line with the international efforts to protect the population of countries in a state of armed conflict from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

UN has adopted the concept of “responsibility to protect” at its World Summit in 2005. “Each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. This responsibility entails the prevention of such crimes, including their incitement, through appropriate and necessary means.” This concept is adopted in connection with the experiences of Rwanda and Srebrenica, states that sovereignty is not a privilege, but an obligation. In accordance with this concept, sovereignty does not only provide to the states the right to control their own internal affairs, but also imposes direct responsibility for the protection of people … -->

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Russian humanitarian aid convoy reaches Ukraine

The Russian humanitarian assistance convoy of 280 trucks loaded with food, medicine and first aid arrived at the Ukrainian border and started the border customs inspection and clearance procedures at the checkpoint “Donetsk”. The Ukrainian officials report that “59 specialists will verify the cargo on the Ukrainian side. 41 of them – representatives of the State Border Service of Ukraine and 18 are customs officers. By prior arrangement, the goods will proceed to Lugansk.”

In parallel, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry officially disclaimed all responsibility for the security of humanitarian convoy. “Russian Federation will carry all responsibility for ensuring there are no provocations from the terrorists who have operational control over the parts of territory of Lugansk region.”

The point is that after going through Russian customs, the convoy will proceed to the territory of Lugansk Republic controlled by militia. In fact, this is the first official supply corridor for humanitarian aid to the areas devastated by war.… -->

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Humanitarian aid for Ukraine from Russia

No, the convoy with the humanitarian aid from Russia to Ukraine did not disappear. It is driving now on the “Don” highway in the direction of Rostov, leaving Boguchary. BBC also reports that the convoy continued on its way, although it has been split into two parts now.

The situation is reported to be desperate in the city of Luhansk, where for more than a week civilians have been short of water, food and electricity. The International Red Cross (ICRC) continues negotiations with Russia and Ukraine about the border crossing and exact destinations of the goods.… -->

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UN asks Russia to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his deputy Mr. Jan Eliasson said that all the international organizations of the UN agree to cooperate with Russia in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the East of Ukraine.

“They say that all the international bodies that are subordinate to them are ready to be involved in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the East of Ukraine. They understand that humanitarian assistance is needed, and are willing to cooperate with us in its delivery,” – said Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.

Earlier US ambassador Samantha Power at the meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday said that Washington would take “any unilateral intervention of Russia in the Ukrainian territory – even under the guise of humanitarian aid – as a sign of direct invasion.”

On August 6 at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council convened at the initiative of Russia, Churkin said that the humanitarian situation in the south-east of Ukraine is catastrophic “by any human standards.” In this regard, he offered to send to Donetsk and Lugansk humanitarian aid under the auspices of the Red Cross.

The International Committee of the Red Cross supported the proposal of the Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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