Terrorists Hold 135 Orphans Hostage as Human Shield - Shkiriak

Illegal armed groups continue to hold orphans hostage as human shields.

This was stated by Adviser to the Interior Minister ZorianShkiriak, Censor.NET reportsciting Interfax-Ukraine.

"Unfortunately,our attempts to resolve the issue of evacuating the children fromthe conflict zone in the Donetsk region have not yielded anyresults so far. The DPR militants categorically prohibit thetransfer of children from the ATO area,"Shkiriak.

He noted thatfirst of all we are talking about 135 sick children from Donetskcity and Donetsk regional orphanages (41 and 48 children,respectively), as well as Makiivka orphanage Maliatko (46) withHIV-infected children.

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The total numberof children, including orphans and boarding school studentsrequiring immediate evacuation from the Donetsk region is323.

Shkiriak said thatthe representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People'sRepublic block any attempt to resolve the issue, continueblackmailing and threatening the staff and prohibit theevacuation.

"However, togetherwith head of the Regional State Administration Serhii Taruta, withthe participation of several negotiating groups who work around theclock, we are doing everything possible to evacuate the childrenand move them to a safe area under the guardianship of the state,"the representative of the Interior Ministryassured.

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According to him,all the conditions of stay, medication, nurses and teachers areready for the reception of children in other regions and theliberated cities of the Donetsk region.

"I want toemphasize and formally warn that anyone who interferes with theevacuation of children and assists the terrorists in this matterwill be identified and severely punished in accordance with thelaws of Ukraine. This is a particularly grave crime, because itthreatens the lives of our children," Shkiriakstated.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n295665