Today, on May 18th, the Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov are on a visit to Luhansk oblast.
Officials visited the EECP Stanytsia Luhanska, where construction works of the multifunctional service zone have already been launched.
Ms. Prime Minister had been given an overview of the plans for the future infrastructure of the renovated EECP, and she, in turn, reaffirmed her intentions for further support to Ukraine.
"We are all partners and friends of Ukraine. Ukraine's borders are internationally defined and Luhansk is Ukraine, Donetsk is Ukraine and Crimea is Ukraine. We have been standing side by side with Ukraine for 7 years and will continue to do so for as long as it takes. I'm convinced that the best response for Ukraine to Russia's armed aggression is reforms. And, of course, investment in the development of Government-controlled area. People should see that free territory is better, there is life here and Ukraine is a European country," noted Ms. Prime Minister.
In turn, Oleksii Reznikov expressed his gratitude to Estonia for the partnership and support and recalled that last year multifunctional service zones were built at the EECPs Shchastia and Novotroitske. He added that the construction of the service zone in Stanytsia Luhanska is carried out in partnership with the UNDP and the construction works are expected to be completed by fall.
"I thank Estonia for its consistent support of Ukraine. And Ms. Kallas for the fact that our European friends remember Crimea. It is today that Ukraine and the world honour the memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. On May 18th, 1944, 77 years ago the operation to deport the Crimean Tatar population began. In two days, Stalinism evicted more than 180,000 members of the indigenous people from their homes. In 2014, beginning with the occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol and continuing with the armed aggression in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the descendants of this regime are repeating this crime. But, as Ms. Kallas said, Donetsk, Luhansk and Crimea are Ukraine, and we will get back all our lands and our people," stated the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine.
He said that services in the service zones are in demand.
In particular, for example, since the beginning of this year 3,305 citizens have used services of JSC Oschadbank in the service centers at EECPs Shchastia and Novotroitske, 8,441 citizens have used services of "Nova Poshta", 2,634 citizens have used cross-sell store "Osto", 3,251 citizens have used medical points. Services at the Administrative Service Centres were provided to 3,703 citizens.
"However, due to the blocking of EECPs by the occupation regimes, many Ukrainian citizens currently cannot exercise their constitutional rights and people remain in isolation. While in 2019 there were 16-16.5 million crossings recorded per year, in 2020 there were 3.5 million per year. This year, in the first three months of 2021, only 128,000 crossings. At each meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group, at the humanitarian working group sessions, the Ukrainian delegation constantly raises the issue of opening the EECPs, inter alia within fulfilment of the agreements of the Paris H4 summit in 2019. And I hope that common sense will prevail and the occupation regimes will stop victimizing people," said Oleksii Reznikov.
The Deputy Prime Minister added that our citizens from the occupied territories should be able to receive all the services that Ukraine provides and should feel and understand that the state cares about them.
"We continue to work to facilitate the access to all state services for our citizens who have left their homes because of Russia's armed aggression, or are forced to live as hostages of the occupation regimes. I am pleased to state the full-fledged launch of the comprehensive service eMaliatko for our citizens from TOT as well as electronic application for preferential loans for IDPs within the grant funds from the KfW Development Bank on the portal Diia. I would like to recall that a carrier feature "virtual number" is launched within the framework of the pilot project, and during the year it is planned to launch online services for reissuance of the IDP certificate through the portal Diia; remote submission of documents to educational centers Crimea-Ukraine and Donbas-Ukraine and the like. All public services will be available for the residents of TOT in online format until 2023," concluded Oleksii Reznikov.