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Ukraine: UN, partners continue delivering aid to both sides of contact line

The contact line separates the breakaway states in the easternmost Donbas region from the rest of Ukraine.

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People leave Ukraine through the Hoptivka (Goptovka) crossing on the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Kharkiv region on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

The UN and partners are attempting to meet the needs of people on both sides of the contact line in despite volatile hostilities and limited funds, a UN Spokesman has said.

"Our colleagues in (Ukraine) continue to receive reports of hostilities impacting civilians and their properties, as well as infrastructure on both sides of the 'contact line'," said Stephane Dujarric, the Chief Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"Once again, we call on all parties to take all measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure."

He told reporters in a regular briefing, "despite the volatile security situation the UN and its humanitarian partners in eastern are making all efforts to respond to the needs of people on both sides of that line."

Guterres earlier said in a speech at a General Assembly session on how the global body works in the field during such hostilities, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Our humanitarian operations are independent of whoever might control the territory where people are living."

He said that since the start of the year, the world organisation and its partners delivered 140 metric tons of life-saving aid across the contact line.

"Here again, our actions are based entirely on humanitarian principles endorsed by the General Assembly," the UN Chief said.

" humanitarian assistance is guided by four humanitarian principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence."

Guterres added that the principles are central to establishing and maintaining access to affected people, including those in the context of an armed conflict.

Dujarric said the existing humanitarian response plan for 2022 has been funded by less than 10 per cent.

"We are calling on donors to prioritise their support to this plan, which seeks $190 million to address the needs of 1.8 million of the most vulnerable people on both sides of the 'contact line'," the Spokesman said, adding that limited funding limits response efforts on both sides.

The contact line separates the breakaway states in the easternmost Donbas region from the rest of Ukraine.



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First Published: Thu, February 24 2022. 07:48 IST