Statement of the Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response (May 30, 2022)

The Russian Federation’s Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response, in co-operation with the authorised federal executive authorities, continues to carefully record the continuing egregious facts of the inhumane treatment of civilians by the authorities in Kiev, and use of social infrastructure for military purposes by Ukrainian armed formations:

in Kharkov, Ukrainian Armed Forces and territorial defence units have equipped ammunition depots, artillery and MLRS on the premises of school No 81 on Krasnaya Alleya Street and the House of Culture on Plekhanovskaya Street, while local residents are being held in basements under the pretext of ensuring their safety. At the same time, the approaches to these buildings are booby-trapped, but the local population is deliberately not informed about this;

in Borovskoe, Lugansk People’s Republic, Right Sector militants have equipped firing positions and sniper points in residential buildings. Local residents are forbidden to leave their flats, and all attempts by citizens to evacuate to safe areas are severely curtailed;

in Kramatorsk, Donetsk People’s Republic, neo-Nazis and foreign mercenaries have placed heavy weapons on the premises of a boarding school on Vasiliya Stusa Street and equipped a stronghold and an ammunition depot in the building;

in Avdeevka, Donetsk People’s Republic, AFU personnel are stationed on the ground floors of residential buildings, in school No 2 and the buildings of the TB dispensary, while civilians are forcibly detained in the basements.

Furthermore, in Kharkov Region, militants of the nationalist Kraken unit, formed mainly from radicals and released from prison rapists and murderers, conduct punitive raids in which so-called “death squads” at night break into the homes of local residents suspected by the SSU of pro-Russian sentiment, physically abuse them and take them away to an unknown destination. Dozens of the detainees never returned home, and their fate is still unknown.

Such criminal actions and provocations on the part of the Kiev regime once again demonstrate Kiev’s inhuman attitude towards the fate of its citizens and show complete disregard for the norms and principles of international humanitarian law.

By applying a policy of “double standards”, the collective West has absolutely no interest in conducting an impartial investigation and finding those responsible for the current disastrous humanitarian situation in Ukraine, and in fact “turns a blind eye” to numerous violations of international conventions by the Ukrainian side, shifting the blame onto the Russian Federation without evidence.

Despite all the difficulties and obstacles imposed by the Ukrainian side, over the past day, without the participation of Kiev, 15,215 people were evacuated from dangerous areas, 1,806 of them children, and in total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 1,556,258 people have already been evacuated, of which 254,270 are children. The state border of the Russian Federation was crossed by 221,373 personal vehicles including 3,201 per day.

More than 9,500 temporary accommodation centres continue to operate in the regions of the Russian Federation. The refugees are dealt with on an individual basis and are promptly assisted with various pressing issues relating to onward accommodation, employment assistance, places for children in kindergartens and educational institutions, and the provision of entitlements to social benefits.

Over the past 24 hours, the hotline of the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Response, federal executive authorities, constituent entities of the Russian Federation and various NGOs received 85 requests from foreign and Ukrainian citizens to evacuate to Russia, the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, as well as to the Russian Armed Forces-controlled areas of Zaporozhye, Nikolaev, Kharkov and Kherson regions. In total there are 2,757,157 such appeals from 2,137 locations in Ukraine in the database.

In addition, 70 foreign vessels from 16 countries remain blocked in 6 Ukrainian ports (Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhniy). The threat of shelling and high mine danger posed by official Kiev prevents vessels from entering the high seas unhindered.

As a result of the measures taken by the Russian Navy, the mine threat in the waters of the port of Mariupol has been eliminated and measures are being taken to restore the port infrastructure.

The Russian Armed Forces have created conditions for the operation of two maritime humanitarian corridors, which are safe lanes for ships:

in the Black Sea – to leave Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhnyi ports in a south-westerly direction from Ukraine’s territorial sea, 139 miles long and 3 miles wide;

in the Sea of Azov, to leave Mariupol port 115 miles long and 2 miles wide towards the Black Sea.

Detailed information in English and Russian on the modus operandi of the maritime humanitarian corridor is broadcast daily every 15 minutes on VHF radio on 14 and 16 international channels in English and Russian.

At the same time, the Kiev authorities continue to avoid engaging with representatives of states and ship-owning companies to resolve the issue of ensuring the safe passage of foreign vessels to the assembly area.

The danger to navigation from Ukrainian mines drifting off their anchors along the coasts of Black Sea states remains.

The Russian Federation is taking a full range of comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of civilian navigation in the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Demining detachments of the Russian Armed Forces and the EMERCOM of Russia are carrying out land and facility clearance tasks in the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.

A total of 2,581.94 hectares were checked (including 119.2 hectares during the day), 35 buildings (including 13 socially important facilities), 1 bridge and 9.64 km of roads. 12,685 explosives were detected and defused, 131 of them during the day.

Federal executive authorities, together with the subjects of the Russian Federation, various public organizations, patriotic movements, continue to accumulate humanitarian aid. More than 27,000 tonnes of basic necessities and food kits, including baby food and life-saving medicines, have been prepared at collection points.

The greatest contributors to the relief effort were:

Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, Federal Service of State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Nationalities;

republics of Buryatia, Dagestan, Crimea, Tatarstan, Chechen Republic, Altai, Trans-Baikal, Krasnodar and Primorsky territories, Arkhangelsk, Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk, Leningrad, Moscow, Rostov, Samara, Sverdlovsk, Tula, Ulyanovsk, Yaroslavl regions, as well as Moscow city;

among political parties and non-profit organisations: United Russia, the People’s Front All-Russian Public Movement, the All-Russian public organisation of veterans Boyevoe Bratstvo, the Russian Humanitarian Mission, the open joint-stock company Russian Railways and the All-Russian public and state organisation Russian Women’s Union.

Since March 2, 24,342.3 tons of humanitarian cargo have already been delivered to Ukraine, 1,078 humanitarian actions have been carried out, including 5 actions in Kharkov and Zaporozhye regions, as well as in Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republic, during which 352 tons of basic necessities, medicines and food were transferred to the civilian population of the liberated areas.

On May 30, 3 humanitarian actions have been planned and are currently being carried out in Kherson region, in Donetsk People’s Republic, during which 309.8 tons of basic necessities, medicine and food will be distributed.

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