$49 million needed to save 1.9 million Donbas citizens from humanitarian catastrophe

Source : 112 Ukraine

In 2021, only 27% out of the whole necessary sum of financing was gathered
12:08, 20 August 2021

Varvara Arkhipovna, 81, lives alone on a small pension in Katerinovka, Ukraine. Her village in the Luhansk region is exposed to sniper fire. Paula Bronstein
The New York Times

The UN urges the international donors to provide urgent financial to help to satisfy the most basic needs of 1.9 million people in the Donbas Conflict zone as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.

“The work that humanitarian community does in eastern Ukraine is only possible if we have two key elements: humanitarian access and sufficient funding. Unfortunately, this year so far, we have only received 27 percent, some US$45.4 million, of the $168 million required to provide humanitarian assistance to 1.9 million Ukrainians on both sides of the “contact line”, UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani noted.

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According to her, the needs of people in Donbas still advance the financing as the violence and Covid-19 pandemic continue in the region. Considering it, the humanitarian society in Ukraine has defined the priorities in the region for $49 million humanitarian financings for the rest of 2021.

During the first six months of 2021, the humanitarian organizations provided aid for over 800,000 people on both sides of the contact line. However, if the resources are not gathered; the most vulnerable categories of people in the conflict zone will remain without support.

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Earlier, Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Matilda Bogner stated that about 4,000 people became victims of torture and ill-treatment during the war in Donbas (2014-2021). 

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