Statement of the Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response

Statement of the Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response

(June 18, 2022)

The Russian Federation's Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response, in cooperation with the competent federal executive authorities and law enforcement agencies, continues to record the facts of criminal actions by Kiev's regime against the civilians of Ukraine and Donbass republics, as well as the use of civilian infrastructure by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Ukrainian nationalist fighters for military purposes:

in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region, AFU and territorial defence units are stationed in school (Shevchenko st.), and military equipment and artillery are deployed in the immediate vicinity of the school;

in Parkhomovka, Kharkov region, soldiers of the Ukrainian armed forces and foreign mercenaries are stationed in the building of the cultural centre, while armoured vehicles, artillery and multiple rocket launchers are located on the adjacent territory;

in Nikolaev, Ukrainian nationalists have equipped firing positions on the lower and upper floors of residential buildings (Kosmonautov st.), with an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the roof of one of the buildings. Local residents are forcibly detained in said residences;

in Kramatorsk, Donetsk People's Republic, nationalists have equipped firing positions and sniper points on the territory of kindergarten No. 93 (Proizdnaya st.), and approaches to the building are mined, but the local population is deliberately not informed about this;

in Odessa, Ukrainian militants have equipped a stronghold in school No 113 (Black Sea Cossacks st.) and placed heavy weapons and equipment in the courtyard;

in Toretsk, Donetsk People's Republic, AFU servicemen have equipped barracks and firing positions on the territory of the power plant, boarding school (Glinka st.), young technicians' station (Shakhteher Avenue), school No 2 (Gogol st.) and school No 5 (Liberators of Donbas Street) and a stronghold and weapons storage facilities in a multi-storey residential building (Tereshkova st.). Local residents are forbidden to leave their flats, and all attempts by citizens to evacuate to safe areas are severely curtailed.

Such actions by Kiev once again demonstrate an inhuman attitude towards the fate of its own citizens and show a complete disregard for all norms of morality and international humanitarian law. The crimes of the Kiev regime are still ignored by the world community and international organizations.

In addition, according to reliable information, it has been established that Ukrainian special services in Nikolaev have organized the preparation of video clips of allegedly destroyed private households and local residents left homeless as a result of shelling by the Russian Armed Forces. More than 40 actors were involved in the staged video filming and all participants were paid cash reward of $25. In the future, the staged footage will be distributed in the Ukrainian and Western media, accusing the Russian Armed Forces of indiscriminate strikes against civilian targets.

Once again we emphasise to the entire international community that such fakes, cultivated by the Ukrainian "lie factory" at the order of Western curators, do not contain reliable and objective information. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation treat civilians extremely humanely and do not strike at civilian infrastructure.

Despite all the difficulties and obstacles imposed by the Ukrainian side, over the past day, without the participation of Kiev, 29,733 people were evacuated from dangerous areas, 3,502 of them children, and in total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 1,936,911 people have already been evacuated, of which 307,423 are children.

The state border of the Russian Federation was crossed by 288,318 personal vehicles including 1,664 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 52 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 2,758,298 such appeals from 2,139 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 3,374.88 hectares were checked, 35 buildings (including 13 socially important facilities), 1 bridge and 9.64 km of roads. 28,176 explosives were detected and defused, 1,034 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 36,000 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 Agency for Maritime and River Transport, Federal Bailiff Service, Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, Federal Agency of Nationalities;

republics of Bashkortostan, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Crimea, Sakha (Yakutia), Tatarstan and Chechen Republic, Krasnoyarsk, Krasnodar, Stavropol and Khabarovsk regions, Arkhangelsk, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Kaluga regions, Leningrad, Moscow, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Rostov, Saratov, Samara, Sverdlovsk, Tula, Ulyanovsk and Yaroslavl regions, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, as well as of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sevastopol;

among political parties and non-profit organisations: United Russia, the All-Russian Public Movement "People's Front", the All-Russian Public Organisation of Veterans "Battle Brotherhood", the autonomous non-profit organisation to support humanitarian programmes "Russian Humanitarian Mission", the Open Joint Stock Company "Russian Railways", the State Corporation for Space Activities "Roscosmos" and the All-Russian Public and Public Organisation "Russian Union of Women".

Since March 2, 33,143.2 tons of humanitarian cargo have already been delivered to Ukraine, 1,183 humanitarian actions have been carried out, including 5 actions in Kharkov and Kherson regions, as well as in Donetsk and Lugansk people's republic, during which 581.1 tons of basic necessities, medicines and food were transferred to the civilian population of the liberated areas.

On June 18, 6 humanitarian actions have been planned and are currently being carried out in Zaporozhye and Kharkov regions, in Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, during which 468 tons of basic necessities, medicine and food will be distributed.

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