17:16 Nov. 27, 2016
The aid group, which provided food to 470 thousand people, banned by militants with no reason given
Czech humanitarian organization ‘Clovek v Tisni' (People in Need, PIN) has been banned from the Donetsk area in eastern Ukraine by Russian-sponsored militants, Reuters reports.
PIN was one of two international aid groups in the Donetsk area, helping residents with water and food supplies as well as home repairs ahead of winter.
"Local authorities (of Russia-controlled ‘Donetsk People's Republic' – UT) have taken immediate actions to close PIN's office including sealing the warehouse with humanitarian aid and ordering all international aid workers to leave the non-government controlled areas within 24 hours," PIN said in the statement.
The ban was delivered on Nov. 25, with no reason given for the decision to take away the group's permission to operate in the region.
The aid group said it had provided food to 469,841 people this year in separatist-controlled areas of Ukraine, and provided material help or home repairs for over 100,000. It said it continued to operate in the Luhansk separatist area as well as on government-controlled territory.
‘Clovek v Tisni' is recognized as a legal aid organization by official Kyiv, and according to the order of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine from Sept. 30, 2015, it was granted a simplified verification procedure for its cargo on transit through the frontline to the militant-held territory.