International humanitarian mission must urgently obtain access to the occupied territories of Donbass, said the first Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s representative to the Humanities subgroup of the Trilateral contact group Irina Gerashchenko in cooperation with the Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on foreign Affairs Anna hopko meetings with the humanitarian coordinators of EU projects.

“Occupied by the Russian Federation in the Donbass remains completely closed to international humanitarian missions, but there, with violation of the Ukrainian legislation within three years, broke about 70 so-called “humanitarian convoys” of the Russian Federation. Ukraine demands immediate access by international humanitarian missions in the occupied territories,” I. Gerashchenko wrote on his page on the social network Facebook on Tuesday .

According to her, humanitarian and environmental situation in the conflict zone remains difficult, migrants more likely to require addressing issues of housing and jobs, “and in these areas we need most the support of our partners.”

“The head of the EU delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli, along with colleagues described the overall EU humanitarian development (Joint Humanitarian – Development Framework) that provides for implementation of comprehensive measures to help the civilian victims on both sides of the demarcation line. Expect that in November we will invite European colleagues at an informal parliamentary Minsk platform that members could join the discussion of overall humanitarian plan for the EU”, – wrote I. Gerashchenko.

In her words, the European partners have noted that without stabilization of the security situation in the Donbass, “without sustainable peace and observance of the regime of silence”, the humanitarian situation in the region will remain challenging.

I. Gerashchenko said that the meeting discussed the humanitarian plan of development of the EU aimed at implementation of humanitarian and infrastructure projects to support victims of the conflict in the Donbass.

The meeting was also attended by the Director of the Department of relations with Russia, Eastern partnership countries, Central Asia and OSCE, EEAS Luc devigne, head of group of support of Ukraine in the European Commission Peter Wagner, head of sector for cooperation of the group of support of Ukraine Stefan Slining, political adviser of the EU delegation to Ukraine, Pete Blond, head of ECHO office (for civil protection and humanitarian assistance) Sa JUEL Marie-Fanon, head of cooperation programmes of the EU delegation to Ukraine Berend de Groot, representatives of the SGUA (support group of Ukraine) Andrea Hauber, Hope Vertebra and Sophia Popov.