UN may 25. /Offset. TASS Oleg Zelenin/. Russia drew the attention of the UN Security Council on the disastrous health situation in the South-East of Ukraine, whose residents do not receive necessary medicines and medical care because of the blockade of Donbass, as well as attacks by the security forces. Speaking at the debate in the security Council, the acting permanent representative of Russia to the UN, Peter Ilichev said that Russia, unlike the Ukrainian authorities, providing large-scale aid to the population of the neighboring country .

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“We are forced to draw attention to the plight of the situation with access to medical care in the South-East of Ukraine. The indiscriminate shelling by the Armed forces of Ukraine destroyed a civilian infrastructure, the diplomat said. – For nearly three years due to the blockade from Kiev and the people of the region deprived of the opportunity to receive the necessary treatment and medications.” He stressed that Russia, “in contrast to the Ukrainian authorities, has provided and continues to provide extensive assistance, including in the health sector, the residents of the South-East, life and health are daily exposed to danger as a result of deliberate actions of the Ukrainian government.”

Ilichev pointed to the report of the UN Secretary General, antónio Guterres, on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, in which “attention is drawn to the issue of a total ban by Kiev on trade with the South-East of Ukraine, including the supply of medical supplies”. He also lamented the fact that the exhortations of humanitarian and human rights organizations have repeatedly noted the impact of the embargo on the civilian population, were ignored. “I would like to address the delegation of Ukraine call to cancel these and other inhuman restrictive measures against its own people”, – the diplomat said, referring to the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergiy Kyslytsya.

One traditionally devoted part of his speech to attacks on Russia and the militia of Donbass. According to Oxalis, the result of “Russian aggression” in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions were destroyed more than 30 medical institutions. According to Deputy Minister, today, even an ordinary trip to work or school for residents of East Ukraine fraught with mortal danger.

The UN security Council today held a debate dedicated to the first anniversary of the adoption of the resolution on the protection of medical facilities and personnel in conflict. At the meeting, Guterres stated that it is not possible to radically improve the situation, and in 2016, the attack on hospitals and doctors were recorded in 20 countries. In turn, the Chairman of the meeting, the foreign Minister of Uruguay, Rodolfo NIN Novoa invited the members of the security Council to start to impose sanctions for serious violations of international humanitarian law and to transmit them to the International criminal court.