Russia’s Foreign Ministry has sent a note to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine regarding the provision of humanitarian assistance to the southeastern regions of Ukraine, the office website says.
In response to numerous appeals for help by people of Donetsk and Lugansk, Russian Emergencies Ministry has sent humanitarian cargo weighing 60 tons, consisting of food and personal hygiene products.
“We plan that the trucks will head out on June 28 to Donetsk, Lugansk, and possibly other regions of Ukraine, where there are refugees,” said a statement on the website.
Foreign Ministry officials expressed hope that the humanitarian aid will offer relief to the inhabitants of the regions and refugees, and “will help reduce the number of the latter in the future”, according to the Foreign Ministry.
On Friday, the Russia’s Emergencies Ministry reported on the decision to send assistance to residents of the south-east of Ukraine.
Earlier this week, the head of the PACE Anne Brasseur named humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine horrendous.
FMS head Konstantin Romodanovskiy said earlier that in the border regions of Russia there are about 400,000 refugees from the Ukraine. In late April Romodanovskiy noted that signs of a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine are becoming quite obvious and include killings of civilians, including women and children.
Estimates differ widely on the number of people displaced. As of June 23, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had profiled more than 46,100 internally displaced persons (IDPs). But since there is, as yet, no formal registration system in place for Ukrainian IDPs and considering that humanitarian agencies have only limited access in some areas of the country, Ivan Šimonović, the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, took the view that the actual number of Ukrainian IDPs was likely higher than stated UN figures.
Among those that remain, roughly a quarter of the Donetsk region’s 4.5 million population are suffering shortages of some or all basic supplies, including medicine and water.