REUTERS

The NATO-Ukraine Commission has discussed the humanitarian aspects of the conflict in Donbas and the human rights situation in Russian-occupied Crimea.

"NATO member states have expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in the conflict zone and human rights violations in Crimea," a NATO official told DW.

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Ukraine Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Vadym Chernysh also took part in the meeting of the commission at the ambassadorial level in Brussels on Wednesday, October 17.

NATO noted the importance of the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and pledged to support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

"Kyiv has maximally simplified the procedure for crossing humanitarian goods supplied to the occupied territories. This refers to medicines, which should be promptly and smoothly delivered to the sick, as well as food products, building materials and water purification agents," the ministry's press service quoted Chernysh as saying.

The official assured the provision of the population in non-government-controlled areas of Donbas with drinking water is a "priority" for the Ukrainian state.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Hungary has been blocking the meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of politicians for a year. At the same time, the commission meets regularly at the ambassadorial level. Ukrainian officials may also take part in such meetings.