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Russia Sent an Illegal “Humanitarian Convoy” to the Occupied Donbas

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On 30 July 2020, the Russian side carried out another illegal movement to the territory of Ukraine through the Russian border checkpoints “Donetsk” and “Matveyev Kurgan” and closed the Ukrainian border checkpoints “Izvaryne” and “Uspenka” so-called “humanitarian convoy” for residents of the territories of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

“Russian cargo was once again moved to the territory of our state in violation of the norms and principles of international law, current bilateral agreements, Ukrainian legislation and previously agreed modalities of humanitarian cargo delivery. Among other things, they provide accompaniment by representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross of legal humanitarian goods and their mandatory registration by representatives of the border and customs authorities of Ukraine,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent a note of protest to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a demand to the Russian Federation to stop committing internationally illegal acts against the sovereignty of our state.

“We also demand from the Russian side in the future, during the organisation of the so-called “humanitarian convoys, scheduled for 27 August, 29 October, 26 November and 17 December 2020, to strictly comply with international law, Ukrainian law and their international obligations,” the diplomats said.

Natalia Tolub

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