The use of the humanitarian convoy in a way which violates Ukrainian sovereignty is unacceptable

The Russian humanitarian relief convoy intended to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine has crossed the border without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities and the supervision of the International Red Cross and has thus become a new provocation against the sovereignty of Ukraine. Finland supports the appeal of President Poroshenko of Ukraine to return the convoy to conform to international practices and to have the cargo supervised by the International Red Cross. Finland calls on the Governments of Russia and Ukraine to refrain from any action that could deepen the conflict.

22.8. 2014