UN asks Russia to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his deputy Mr. Jan Eliasson said that all the international organizations of the UN agree to cooperate with Russia in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the East of Ukraine.

“They say that all the international bodies that are subordinate to them are ready to be involved in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the East of Ukraine. They understand that humanitarian assistance is needed, and are willing to cooperate with us in its delivery,” – said Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin.

Earlier US ambassador Samantha Power at the meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday said that Washington would take “any unilateral intervention of Russia in the Ukrainian territory – even under the guise of humanitarian aid – as a sign of direct invasion.”

On August 6 at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council convened at the initiative of Russia, Churkin said that the humanitarian situation in the south-east of Ukraine is catastrophic “by any human standards.” In this regard, he offered to send to Donetsk and Lugansk humanitarian aid under the auspices of the Red Cross.

The International Committee of the Red Cross supported the proposal of the Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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