Russia suggests sending Russian humanitarian assistance to Ukraine under the aegis of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said at an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
Churkin said Russia suggests sending Russian humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Luhansk and other populated areas of Ukraine under the aegis and in the company of ICRC officials, reiterating that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine is catastrophic.
Churkin said the ICRC should monitor the loading of the humanitarian aid into vehicles, accompany them on the route, and direct the distribution of the aid among the people who need it.
Oleksandr Pavlichenko, acting permanent envoy of Ukraine to the UN, said the Ukrainian government fully fulfils its social obligations to the people of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Pavlichenko said on Twitter the government of Ukraine will fulfill all UN recommendations, adding that there is no humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and the Ukrainian authorities can handle the situation.
At the same time, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Rosemary A. DiCarlo has accused Russia of doubling the number of its troops on the Ukrainian border and fuelling tensions in connection with the plans to conduct military exercises and demanded that Russia stop these destabilizing actions.
U.S. Department of State official Jen Psaki has confirmed at a briefing that the U.S. plans to conduct in the Astrakhan region and any other military maneuvers by Russia, regardless of their location, as a provocation.
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