UN calls on world community to increase aid to civilian population of Donbas
On the 10th commemoration of World Humanitarian Day (WHD), the United Nations Office in Ukraine has called on the world community to increase assistance to the civilian population of Donbas, according to a UN statement in Ukraine.
I ask the international community to increase their support for scaling up efforts to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population affected by the crisis wherever they reside within Ukraine's territory and reiterate appeals for full respect for international humanitarian law, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani said on Sunday.
Lubrani noted that more than 3,000 civilians were killed and more than 9,000 were wounded in the fifth year of the crisis in eastern Ukraine. More than 3.4 million people face difficulties in obtaining food, access to water, shelter, health services and education.
Only in the first half of the year 2018, more than 600,000 Ukrainian civilians in all the affected areas of Ukraine received vital humanitarian assistance, Lubrani said.
According to her, it is necessary to increase funding to fully meet the large humanitarian needs in the east of Ukraine.
I am concerned that that the humanitarian response is funded at less than a third of the required amount. Despite this underfunding, local, national and international humanitarian actors are still trying to provide assistance to some 2.3 million men, women and children in 2018. I call on the member states to demonstrate their solidarity with people in Ukraine and support our tireless efforts, the UN system coordinator in Ukraine added.