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President of Ukraine: Ukraine offers Russia to return situation with humanitarian cargo to the framework of the international legal field

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says that Ukraine is concerned over the situation with Russian convoy which entered the territory of Ukraine, first of all over the security on which Russia and terrorists took responsibility.

At the meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius in Kyiv, the Head of State noted: "We will do everything possible to prevent more serious consequences".

The President informed that pursuant to his instruction, Foreign Minister Klimkin and Head of the Presidential Administration Borys Lozhkin had contacted their Russian counterparts, "expressed our concern and offered to return the situation in the framework of the international law".

Petro Poroshenko noted that Ukraine had conveyed its humanitarian cargo to the ICRC a few days ago. Representatives of customs and border services were sent to the Russian checkpoint "Donetsk" with an instruction to permit the access of humanitarian columns from Russia under the aegis of the ICRC and accompanied by it. Today, the President said, these arrangements were violated. Russia decided to neglect them and unilaterally refuse from the participation of the Red Cross.

The President emphasized that Ukraine had fulfilled its obligations, 35 Russian vehicles had been registered. The only factor that prevented the Red Cross from fulfilling the humanitarian mission was the shelling of the roads by terrorists on the way of the humanitarian assistance to Luhansk. "The Red Cross didn't receive confirmation from terrorists on the guarantees of ceasefire," the Head of State informed. Instead, the President noted, according to the available information, a column of more than 100 vehicles entered the territory of Ukraine without customs examination, border crossing registration and convoy of the Red Cross which is a flagrant violation of the international law.


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