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The ICRC gradually expands its activities in the East of Ukraine

The Red Cross gradually expands its activities in the Donbass – ICRC At the moment more then 140 employees are working at the ICRC delegation in Kyiv and offices in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkiv, Odessa, Severodonetsk and Mariupol; the organization gradually expands its activities in the East of Ukraine. This was stated by the head of […]

The Red Cross gradually expands its activities in the Donbass – ICRC
At the moment more then 140 employees are working at the ICRC delegation in Kyiv and offices in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkiv, Odessa, Severodonetsk and Mariupol; the organization gradually expands its activities in the East of Ukraine.

This was stated by the head of the operational activities of the ICRC in Europe and Central Asia Loran Korba.
“In addition to helping immigrants and local population, the ICRC keeps contacts with both sides in the conflict to discuss issues relating to conduction of hostilities. In particular, we urge them to provide access to the sick and wounded to medical aid and to refrain from attacks on individuals who don’t participate in hostilities”, – stated in the message of the ICRC.
According to Korba, the ICRC had to temporarily suspend its activity in order to find a balance between the need to help destitute and safety control of its employees.
“In recent weeks we have started delivering materials for repair of houses, provide medical and other assistance for inhabitants of Kharkiv, Lugansk and Donetsk regions and continue searching ways how to do it more effective”, – he added.

According to the head of the mission, in areas where were the most heavy fights, destructions are very large.
“In this region winters are severe, and housing must be protected from moisture and wind, in order to people not being frozen. The ICRC buys glass, cement and roofing materials”, – said mission.
Water supply systems were damaged and they also need repairing. As a result of military actions has suffered several hospitals.
“Another priority of the ICRC is providing greater access of population to medical aid. Special attention will be paid to needs of the most affected groups of population: disabled, those who cannot return to their homes, the elderly and children”, – noted in the ICRC.

As it is known, the ICRC suspended its activities in Ukraine in connection with the death of its employee on October 2 in Donetsk, the citizen of Switzerland Laurent du Pasquier.
One of the main reasons for the suspension of work in the ICRC was called the security of mission.

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