The UN warned this Friday that the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, after almost four months of the Russian invasion, is “extremely alarming, as fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian armies continues to intensify in the east of the country.
“The humanitarian situation in Ukraine, particularly in eastern Donbass, is extremely alarming and continues to deteriorate rapidly,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned in a statement.
According to OCHA, the situation is “particularly worrying” in and around Severodonetsk, the last site of Ukrainian resistance in the Lugansk region, almost entirely under Russian control.
The UN humanitarian agency said that access to drinking water, food and electricity is “reduced” in this region, stressing that the situation is a result, inter alia, “of the fighting that continues to intensify, taking a heavy toll on the civilian population”.
OCHA regretted that “the two countries, at this stage, have not yet reached an agreement to facilitate the evacuation of civilians or even allow access for humanitarian aid” to Severodonetsk and the neighboring city of Lysytchansk, under constant bombardment for several days.
“Across the country, residential areas and civilian infrastructure continue to be affected, resulting in more civilian deaths and injuries,” the UN agency said.
Despite “enormous access difficulties”, the UN and its humanitarian partners “have served more than 8.8 million people across Ukraine since the start of the war”.
According to the UN, 4,452 civilians have been killed and 5,531 wounded since the start of the Russian invasion on 24 February, according to the organization’s latest report, released on 15 June. The UN has already underlined that this “number is probably much higher”.
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