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Comment of Press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Svyatoslav Tsegolko on the organization of humanitarian assistance for Ukrainian Luhansk

On Friday, Ukraine faced the threat of direct armed invasion of its territory. Under the guise of the so-called peacekeepers regular armed forces of Russia, not armed mercenaries, were going to cross our border.

The Ukrainian President managed to stop direct invasion after the involvement of the world leaders and the reaction of the Operation Headquarters.

No civilized country refuses humanitarian assistance. Due to the actions of terrorists, Luhansk has no light, water and medicines for 11 days already.

All this time Ukraine has been looking for an opportunity to deliver assistance to this Ukrainian city. However, it is controlled by terrorists that do not allow doing this.

How can we direct assistance to Luhansk?

The Committee of the Red Cross offered to become a guarantor of the delivery of the international humanitarian mission to Luhansk. This organization reached an agreement with the Russian Federation about the international humanitarian aid for Luhansk including Russian humanitarian cargo.

Yesterday, Ukraine agreed to accept Russian part of humanitarian assistance in case it will be reloaded to the trucks hired by the Red Cross and will be accompanied solely by the Red Cross representatives.

But Russia rejected the given proposal.

So, today we have three scenarios of future developments:

First. Direct invasion of the Ukrainian territory under the pretense of humanitarian cargo delivery.

Second. Provocations with cargo on the territory of Kharkiv region with high probability of Russian aggression.

Third. Assistance to Luhansk will pass through the checkpoint which is the nearest to this Ukrainian city. Our customs officers, border guards and the OSCE representatives will be able to scan the cargo on the Ukrainian-Russian border. The mission will be moving through the territory controlled by militants. After the arrival to Luhansk, the Red Cross will distribute the assistance among civilians.

The decision to accept the assistance for Luhansk and prevent the large-scale invasion by Russia was adopted at the meeting of the President, the Prime Minister, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and security ministers in the night of August 12-13.

Ukrainian part of the international humanitarian assistance is being sent to Luhansk today.

Ukraine cannot leave its citizens who became hostages of terrorists on the occupied territories.

Glory to Ukraine!

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