UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller believes that the world community should be better informed about the daily violence and intensifying deprivation in Eastern Ukraine, as she said at the European conference on the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine and the way forward, held on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium. The information comes from the UN News Centre.
“This crisis is happening in Europe’s backyard, yet it is largely forgotten by the world,” Ms Mueller said.
According to her, the human toll of the armed conflict is appalling, with over 2,530 civilians killed and 9,000 injured.
“Countless ceasefire agreements have failed to stick, and it is this political failure to bring about a definitive end to the conflict that continues to force 4.4 million conflict-affected Ukrainians to endure daily suffering and to make impossible choices,” she warned.
She also noted that Eastern Ukraine is rapidly becoming “one of the most mined areas in the world”. She emphasized that mine clearance and risk education is urgently needed in all conflict-affected areas, particularly along the “contact line,” including the checkpoints.
“It is sobering to note that four years ago, Ukraine had no need of a humanitarian appeal,” Ms Mueller said.
She also addressed the Government of Ukraine to do all it can to ensure freedom of movement of civilians, and to end the commercial ban across the contact line.