Statement by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the Declaration by the High Representative For Foreign Affairs And Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on Behalf of the EU on the UN Secretary General’s Appeal for Immediate Global Ceasefire
06 April 2020 19:45

Ukraine has already positively responded to the initiative of the UN Secretary General. Today I would like to welcome the EU position on the matter. Together with its European partners, Ukraine calls for world-wide solidarity and collaboration in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and helping those most in need, especially in zones of war conflict.

We support the appeal for an immediate global ceasefire and consolidation of efforts to resolve all armed conflicts peacefully.

We are confident that sanctions do not impede humanitarian aid and medical supplies to civilians in war conflict zones. With the ongoing armed aggression of Russia, Ukraine is fully devoted to its obligations under the Minsk Agreements for a truce in Donbas.

However, in violation of many decisions made within the Normandy Four and Trilateral Contact Group on a long-term ceasefire, Russia-backed fighters continue to shell the Ukrainian Army's positions on a daily basis.

Moreover, illegal fighters backed by Russia breach the Minsk Agreements by blocking access of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and International Red Cross Organisation to the temporarily occupied parts of Donbas.

Those actions make it impossible to verify the situation with the coronavirus outbreak in the territories that Ukraine does not currently control and obstruct humanitarian aid to the people suffering there.

We urge the Russian Federation to take notice of the UN Secretary General's appeal, ensure an immediate ceasefire in Donbas and guarantee unrestricted access for the OSCE SMM and international humanitarian organisations to the temporarily occupied parts of Ukraine.

We highly appreciate the EU's clear position that sanctions should continue to play an indispensable role in countering breaches of international law, combatting human rights abuses, proliferation of arms and their flow into war zones, as well as targeting spoilers of peace processes. It is exactly those illegal and aggressive actions of the Russian Federation against Ukraine that forced the EU to impose sanctions on Russia.

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