First Deputy Foreign Minister of the LPR Anna Soroka in an interviewconducted by Arabic TV channel Asharq told Arabic audience about humanitarian situation in the liberated territories of the LPR and foreign policy priorities of the LPR
31 May 2022
First Deputy Foreign Minister of the LPR Anna Soroka in an interviewconducted by Arabic TV channel Asharq told Arabic audience about humanitarian situation in the liberated territories of the LPR and foreign policy priorities of the Lugansk People's Republic.
- [On foreign policy priorities]: It is important for us to take confident steps in the diplomatic direction, it is important for us to have someone who supports us in the principles of humanity, reciprocity and cooperation. All we seek from other countries is an impartial approach to all the aspects of the events in Donbass...
For eight years Russia has been the shoulder we have been leaning on...
We also have friends all over the world – ordinary people, former politicians, activists, sociologists, as well as international lawyers or human rights experts who have realized the truth of what is happening in Donbass.
- [About the situation on the front]: It is unreasonable to anticipate any exact dates of liberation of the territories occupied by Ukraine. We are fighting for our Homeland, for our territories, for the good of our people. We hope that our much awaited victory will be achieved very soon. And we appreciate very much Russia's support in this process.
- [On the humanitarian situation in the liberated territories, through the example of Rubezhnoye]: The life there is returning to normal slowly because of constant shelling by the Ukrainian armed formations. The main priority now is to take care of people, provide them with food and water, help those in need and medical services for the wounded, evacuate people who choose to leave and bury the dead. We are doing everything we can to ease the suffering of people on these difficult days. As the intensity of the shelling calms down, the second step begins, including the resumption of electricity, water and gas supplies and the provision of basic necessities for the people.
- Ukraine has left marks of its crimes in Donbas. What it [Ukraine] has done has left marks not only on people's mental health, but also clear marks on the ground. This is what we are trying to demonstrate for the world – to show who followed the Minsk agreements and who did not, who is shelling civilians... All the testimonies and evidences are documented by us. We continue to help people, and we hope that the responsible for these crimes will be brought to justice.
- [On the termination of the OSCE SMM in the LPR and DPR]: For eight years we have tried to show the world that we are ready for dialogue and invited all observers here. We cooperated and coordinated with OSCE representatives, tried to find consensus on the mechanisms of work. But all the OSCE voiced was that some roads were closed for them. Although this was a safety measure in order to save their lives as these roads were under constant artillery shelling.
In addition, for eight years, the OSCE staff has not once bothered to visit the Donetskiy settlement located on the contact line, where the Ukrainian Armed Formations committed inhumane crimes. Therefore, how can Europe speak of the OSCE's impartiality?
It was enough for the OSCE to make reports as we do: count the dead and record the dates of death, fix the shelling, use the science of ballistics, which leaves no room for mistake.