On Tuesday, November 3, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer. The parties discussed, among other things, issues of mine and pyrotechnic safety, improving water supply conditions in the affected areas of the eastern regions and improving the procedure for providing humanitarian assistance.
The Prime Minister commended the Committee's active participation in marking and clearing areas of explosive remnants of war. He also thanked for the contribution to raising awareness of the affected population on mine safety issues.
"Ukraine is taking the necessary measures to build an effective mine action system. The law approved by the Verkhovna Rada in September laid the foundations for its successful implementation," the Prime Minister stressed.
During the meeting, Denys Shmyhal and Peter Maurer touched upon the issue of unimpeded water supply to the territories of the eastern regions of Ukraine affected by Russian aggression. The Head of Government noted the progress in stabilizing the work of the utility company "Water of Donbas", in particular the role of the ICRC in preparing for its audit.
"I want to note that we discussed this issue two days ago at a meeting with the President of Ukraine. And just yesterday, together with the Budget Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, we considered the possibility of creating a separate direction in the budget to solve this problem," said the Prime Minister.
Denys Shmyhal also stressed that the central executive bodies of Ukraine express readiness to discuss with the Committee the possible ways to improve the procedure for providing humanitarian assistance.
The Prime Minister thanked the ICRC for its consistent support of Ukraine in all difficult humanitarian issues, for its assistance in restoring the infrastructure and fulfilling life of citizens in eastern Ukraine.
Denys Shmyhal expressed belief that the International Committee of the Red Cross will continue to be a reliable partner of Ukraine in overcoming humanitarian challenges.