Responding to news that separatists have ordered UN and international aid agencies to leave separatist-controlled areas of Ukraine, International Development Minister, Desmond Swayne, said:
It is outrageous and shocking that separatists in Ukraine have ordered out UN and international aid agencies with almost immediate effect.
These are neutral, impartial organisations that are looking to help people in desperate need.
As UN Under-Secretary-General Stephen O’Brien has made clear, it is imperative that separatists ensure the immediate resumption of UN and international NGO activities.
These organisations must be allowed to get on with the business of saving lives.
Published 25 September 2015