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GENEVA, September 06, /ITAR-TASS/. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday it welcomed a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine and hoped it would help satisfy humanitarian needs of the conflict-affected population in the near future.
“The International Committee of the Red Cross welcomes the ceasefire agreement that was reached in Minsk and came into force today,” ICRC press secretary Anastasia Isyuk told ITAR-TASS. “We hope this agreement will be fulfilled and will result in a lasting ceasefire.”
She noted that the Minsk agreement would make it possible “in a short-term perspective to ensure a long-awaited relief for civilians who have suffered from aftermaths of combat operations and will make it possible to satisfy various humanitarian needs more efficiently.”
Isyuk confirmed that the International Committee of the Red Cross is aware of talks between Moscow and Kiev on a second humanitarian convoy to eastern Ukraine but has no information about details of these talks.
“The International Committee of the Red Cross knows about contacts between Russia and Ukraine on the arrangement of the second humanitarian convoy from Russia to eastern Ukraine,” she said. “So far, we do not know about the latest agreements and cannot comment on these contacts in detail.