Kremlin is responsible for the Donbas humanitarian crisis — Yatseniuk



The Kremlin bears full responsibility for Ukraine’s inability to pay social benefits and deliver humanitarian aid to the Donbas, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk stated at a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg  in Kyiv, November 18, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

“Right now the question of delivering food products and social benefit payments there (Donbas) is solely in the hands of the Kremlin. The Kremlin is responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe threatening the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts,” he said.

According to Yatseniuk, Ukrainian authorities are prevented from delivering humanitarian aid to the territories controlled by the militants.

“As soon as humanitarian aid organized by the Ukrainian government reaches the first checkpoint  controlled by the Russian terrorists, it is either blocked or simply looted,” he said.

He pointed out that in the meantime the Ukrainian government has pledged to supply heat and electricity to the Donbas.

“This means that the amounts accrued as social benefits and other payments, as well as grants that must be paid on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk, will be reduced by the cost of the electricity and gas that are delivered there,” Yatseniuk said.

In addition, he noted that the government wants to begin restoring the Donbas but only after Russia abides by the 12 points of the Minsk Protocol it has signed and agreed to.

“The sooner the Russian troops leave the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk, the sooner the people, who are being held hostage to imperial ambitions, will be able to begin living a normal life,” he said.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych

Source: Pravda

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  1. Avatar Michel Cloarec says:

    It seems tough ! But the terrorists have been taking pension funds and civil servants salaries the last 7 months. So to the people left in Donetsk and Luhansk it can´t make any differences. Humanitarian help from Kiew and EU countries have been looted. The terrrorists make business of what is coming even from russia. Or ” you can buy cheap potatoes if you come to vote !”
    So Yatseniuk is right and not to cut gas and electricity is a good action. But make sure the crazy lootters do not find a way to make business of that also ! They make money with the coal at 100$ delivered to russia with the white trucks ! Russia save 60 $ a ton. I bet that the terrorists are going to sell again this coal at high prices when it will be very cold !

  2. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

    Logic is kryptonite to the muscovite. Yatseniuk always manages to cut through the Moscow propaganda machine.

  3. Avatar Mike Kostelny says:

    PM Yatseniuk is simply calling a spade a spade!

    Let us be clear on 2 points: #1–If pro-Russian terrorists who control a number of districts in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts claim that these areas under their control arecurrently independent areas of the Russian People’s Republics (DNR and LNR), then they are 100% responsible for all the social services including feeding starving children and taking care of the elderly, and so on.

    #2–If these terrorist controlled-areas are the legal property of the Republic of Ukraine, then Ukraine is responsible to feed and to take care of their own peoples. And these ‘Russian terrorists’ are on foreign sole as illegal invaders!

    But the Russian terrorists refuse to admit that they have illegally invaded and taken over property that actually is Ukrainian soil (just as they still refuse to admit that Crimea is Ukrainian, nor Russian, territory!). Even though the world at large does not recognize the Russian take-over of either Crimea or parts of the Donbas, so the Russian Government has recognized that it is responsible for the feeding and for the social services of Crimea (which they have invaded and taken over). So likewise the Russian Government–by deductive logic-is likewise responsible for the feeding and for the social services of the Russian-occupied parts of the Donbas. To do so would only be consistent with the rules of commonsense and logic. It sets no precedent.

    And indeed Russia has openly and publicly acknowledged this obvious responsibility through the use of their 7 humanitarian cargo truck operations from Russia into the Russian-occupied war zone area in the Donbas! These 7 convoys of hundreds of Russian-made Russian-driven and Russian- directed trucks were to bring much needed food and medical supplies to this war-torn area.

    Instead, we discover that these ‘humanitarian truck convoys’ were anything but ‘humanitarian’! They were used to bring in a token amount of food (hardly anything!) but in reality to actually export from Ukraine all the military sensitive hardware located in the Ukrainian owned factories inside their war zone– back to Russia as bounty and loot by these Russian ‘gypsies, tramps and thieves’!

    Even in the Scriptures, our Lord clearly stated that even evil men know not to give a stone to their children when they beg for bread to eat; but that is what Russia has done! The people whom they have captivated as (‘willing’?!) hostages to the pro-Russian separatist movement are even now begging for bread to feed their children, but their Russian counterparts offer them stones, and bricks and mortar to eat?!

    A fitting analogy to demonstrate the sharp contrast between living in Ukraine and living under Russian occupation. For we clearly see that all the areas re-captured and given back to Ukraine in the Luhansk oblast are now being fed and cared for! Their infrastructure is currently being restored! But those areas (not controlled by Ukraine, nor accessible by Ukrainian humanitarian truckloads of food and medical supplies but) held by Putin’s regime of renegades, rogues and Russian sympathizers are now truly suffering a Winter of Discontent!

    Nothing more can be done, unless Russia honors its treaty obligations and completely withdraws from its illegal entry into Ukraine. The border between Ukraine and Russia must be clearly and forcibly demarcated with a permanent wall disconnecting all further friendly relations between these two Slavic nations!

    Just as in the Malaysian Airlines disaster (which all the world clearly knows Putin is responsible for and) for which these pro-Russian terrorists do nothing to assist in the still-dismantled remains of that tragic airline disaster, so today in the rest of the Donbas area under their control, they still do absolutely NOTHING to assist the peoples who are forced to starve under their own watchful eye. In fact, these so-called ‘liberators’ are free to steal and plunder and loot wantonly and at random whatsoever they may wish, and to ensure that they are first fed themselves (no doubt, from the food intended for the Ukrainian children, and Ukrainian Peoples in the Republic of Ukraine) all the while crying that the “Havoc!” they caused is caused by the Peoples of Ukraine ! What else can one expect from liars except more lies?! And from Putin that Great Pretender than yet another pretext that Kiev is somehow to blame for all the mass starvation, ruin and rampage of all Ukrainian resources that are under the military control of Putin’s own Russian marauders ?!

    I am reminded of Adolf Hitler’s last words dictated to his secretary just before his suicide (that): “The German people are unworthy of me! Because they have failed me, they deserve the destiny now awaiting them–total destruction!” Perhaps thisfate is precisely what the pro-Russian terrorists have in mind for the Donbas, as well?! Who knows? Perhaps sick minds think alike?!