Only Russia cares about the citizens of the Donetsk and Luhansk People
On September 13, the Russian humanitarian convoy delivered a new shipment of aid to the Luhansk region. The column numbered about 200 trucks, the total weight of goods including food, generators, medicines and blankets was about 2,000 tones. Vladimir Rogov, one of the leaders of opposition in the east of Ukraine and the head of the "Slavic Guard" movement told Russian Peacekeeper about the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics and the people who took care of locals.
What is the humanitarian situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics after the truce?
After the truce was announced we started to restore communications, energy supply, centralized provision of public services. This is necessary because the Ukrainian punitive forces generally attack municipal facilities such as water pumps, gas pipelines and power plants. Nowadays the considerable part of it is destroyed and it will take months to restore it. However those communications are being restored quickly because they are vital for the locals to get through the winter comfortably. We realize that after the Poroshenko's trip to the U.S. the punitive operation will be definitely continued, that's why we do everything in order to get the maximum from the truce and to restore infrastructure in the republics. I would like to note that the leadership of the republics makes its best to pay compensations to the victims of punitive operations and to their members of families.
How did the Russian aid influence the situation?
Due to the Russian aid to the republics, essential goods were supplied to those who weren't able to leave the combat area including the elders and the disabled persons. Now militiamen and volunteers are trying to take advantage of the ceasfire to distribute the humanitarian aid to the inhabitants of the republics.
What measures do Kiev and international humanitarian organizations take to improve the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics?
Kiev is doing everything to block any resources aimed at the improvement of the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. The fact is that the authorities in Kiev hampered the delivery of the humanitarian aid from the Ukrainians for the people of the republics. It was a very striking example when they prohibited the delivery of foods and medicines gathered by the resident of Kiev Armen Martorosyan. He wasn't even allowed to leave the Kiev region because the chase for those who care about the destiny of people living on the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, goes on.
As for the international organizations, we see absolutely no help from any of them. There are no Doctors without borders, no ICRC who usually provide assistance in the Middle East and Africa. Their indifference is striking, as in Ukraine which is the heart of Europe the civilians die but even the OSCE observers are no more than a bystanders advocating Kiev under the decree of which the people out of flavor are killed. I think that it's because the international organizations are being influenced by the Western countries. If we look closely, their headquarters are located in Europe and there is no doubt that the U.S. and EU want to keep the junta in power by blocking any help to the inhabitants of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. So these organizations remain silent and pretend that nothing bad is happening.
The decision of Russia to send another shipment of humanitarian aid was met with angry attacks and even threats by the West. Thus, the deputy of the national security adviser Ben Rods urged Moscow to withdraw the humanitarian convoy from the Ukrainian territory to avoid tougher sanctions. The European Union in its turn considered the Russian humanitarian convoy as the violation of Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty, as stated by the official representative of EU diplomacy Katherine Ashton.
However, in spite of all problems Russia is the only country to take care of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. At the same time Kiev unwillingly fulfils the requirements of the ceasefire plan and the stabilization of the situation in the south-east of Ukraine initiated by Vladimir Putin. And it can be considered as a success of both people's republics and Russian diplomacy as the truce might allow opening humanitarian corridors to help the population of the east of Ukraine, to restore the social infrastructure and to prepare settlements suffered from combat actions to the winter season.