The UN humanitarian agencies possess only 3% of means required for the assistance for the residents of the southeast Ukraine this year, as Neal Walker, the Coordinator of UN Humanitarian Programmes in Ukraine, stated.
The representatives of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs have calculated that $187 million of assistance for the residents of the state. The organization has not received the total sum yet.
“Today, I call on Member States to stand in solidarity with conflict affected people in Ukraine and to help urgently address this 97 per cent funding gap. I continue to call on the parties to the conflict to take all measures necessary to ensure international humanitarian law is respected – civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected. The only solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine is peace. We do not want to mark any further anniversaries of continued conflict,” Neal Walker stated.
According to the OCHA estimates, 4,4 million Ukrainians are conflict-affected and “3.4 million people in Ukraine are struggling to cope with the impact of the humanitarian crisis and urgently require humanitarian assistance and protection”.
As it was reported earlier, the European Union allocated €700 million of humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.