UN draws attention to problems of 1.2 million Donbas residents

Source : 112 Ukraine

Most of them cannot receive pension payments, meet with their relatives or take care of the sick ones
19:40, 21 September 2020

UN Human Rights Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani
Kyiv Post

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.

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"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.

Related: Parliamentary speaker Razumkov announces impossibility of holding elections in occupied Donbas

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