Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at his daily briefing in New York that an estimated 1.9 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced, while more than 2.3 million have now crossed the western border. to seek safety, according to the United Nations refugee agency. UNHCR.
“Three things are important in the short term, as Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths has emphasized: civilians, whether they stay or leave, must be respected and protected; safe passage for humanitarian supplies; and we need a system of constant communication with the parties to the conflict,” said Mr. Dujarric.
“In response, humanitarian organizations are deploying additional staff across the country and are working to move supplies to warehouses in various centers inside and outside Ukraine.. ”
Reached half a million
To date, the UN and its partners have reached more than 500,000 people with some form of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, including food, shelter, blankets and medical supplies, he said.
And he added that if greater humanitarian access can be guaranteed – subject to the readiness of Russian forces – “we are set to achieve much higher numbers based on the scope and scale of the humanitarian operations being carried out. ”
UNHCR reports that late yesterday it delivered 85 tonnes of humanitarian assistance to reception and transshipment centers in Vinnytsia, central Ukraine, which are hosting people who have fled wars further afield. eastward.
Mr. Dujarric said the World Food Program (WFP) was “deeply concerned about the impact of the conflict on Ukraine’s food security and the ability of families to feed themselves in the regions is impaired.”
‘Run with time’
WFP plans to support up to 3.1 million people, focusing on supplying cities inside Ukraine with food, bread and bulk food rations.
“With food aid shipments arriving every day, WFP is racing against time to reserve food in areas where an outbreak of fighting is expected,” a UN spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warns that the coming weeks will be critical, as farmers will need to prepare the land for planting vegetables in mid-March. Ukraine is one of the world’s largest grain suppliers.
From February to May, Ukrainian farmers usually prepare the land for planting wheat, barley, corn and sunflowers. FAO stresses that all efforts should be made to protect crops and livestock, in times of increasing conflict.
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United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF, said on Thursday that more than a million children have now left Ukraine. To protect and sustain those who remained, who could reach, six trucks carrying nearly 70 tons of supplies arrived, including personal protective equipment and medical kits, Mr. Dujarric said. surgery and obstetrics.
“Working with its partners, UNICEF teams in Ukraine will deliver medical supplies to 22 hospitals in 5 regions affected by domestic conflictsbenefit 20,000 children and mothers.
“Cross the border, three trucks were sent from Copenhagen – which is UNICEF’s warehouse in Europe and the largest humanitarian center in the world – and those trucks were carrying essential supplies, such as: early childhood development kits, recreation and hygiene kits. These supplies have now reached Poland.”
Health supply pipeline
World Health Organization (WHO), delivered 81 tons of supplies and is setting up a supply pipeline to medical facilities across Ukraine, he noted.
WHO also released $10.2 million from the Contingency Fund and deployed staff to provide more essential care to exhausted and devastated refugees fleeing their homelands.
Protest for Ukraine
Ukraine flash protest So far, 2022 has received $109 million, which is 9.6% of what is needed. The appeal was made by the Secretary-General on March 1, asking for $1.1 billion over a three-month period for a humanitarian response inside Ukraine.
“As we said, we encourage generously committed donors to release funds quickly and report their contributions to OCHA“Financial Watch Service,” said Mr. Dujarric.
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