EC Press Release: On 11 August President of European Commission, speaking with President of Ukraine Poroshenko, President Barroso expressed the EU´s increasing concern regarding the humanitarian impact of the on-going conflict in eastern Ukraine, especially the civilian casualties.
The President of the Commission called for the respect of international humanitarian law and for humanitarian organizations to be supported and facilitated in their present efforts to increase the assistance to all of the population in need.
In his phone calls with President Poroshenko and President Putin, The President of the Commission welcomed President´s Poroshenko willingness to seek international humanitarian assistance. In this vein President Barroso announced that the European Commission would take this week an emergency Decision on additional humanitarian support as a contribution to the UN-led international response plan.
Speaking with President Putin, President Barroso expressed concern at the gathering of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border, as well as the continuing flow of arms, equipment and militants from Russian territory, which run counter to efforts towards de-escalating the crisis.
President Barroso warned against any unilateral military actions in Ukraine, under any pretex, including humanitarian.
According to the source: President Barroso also appealed on Russia to use its influence to ensure that civilian populations could safely and freely leave areas of conflict controlled by illegal armed groups.
EU would join in international efforts to assist people in need as a result of the conflict. In both phone conversations, the President of the Commission underlined the EU´s firm stance in upholding Ukraine´s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence and support for the implementation of the agreed peace plan.
Source: President Barroso phone call with President Poroshenko and President Putin on the humanitarian impact of the on-going conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as regarding gas supply in forthcoming energy-related discussions – European Commission Press Release 11 August 2014.