UN Human Rights Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani has drawn attention to the problems of 1.2 million vulnerable residents of Donbas who have been facing a lot of adversity due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
This was reported by UNN, citing a statement by the coordinator related on the occasion of the International Day of Peace.
"On this day, I want to draw attention to the unnoticed suffering of 1.2 million vulnerable residents of Donbas who cannot get their pension payments, travel in order to take care of sick relatives, or reunite with their loved ones. How will they, those who have almost exhausted their resources, survive the seventh winter of the conflict if there are severe restrictions on movement across the demarcation line? Many of us find it challenging to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. But its heaviest burden, which is further complicated by the armed conflict, is borne by the most vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine who do not have enough resources to adapt to this new reality," the statement said.
As we reported earlier, according to Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine might need the help of the UN peacekeeping forces in Donbas.