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As the humanitarian situation in Ukraine becomes more dire and dire, the ICRC is accelerating its efforts to meet the enormous humanitarian needs.
In just two weeks, the house was in ruins. Many families lived underground for long periods of time to escape combat. Hundreds of thousands of people lack food, water, heating, electricity and health care. Reports say 2 million people have been evacuated to neighbouring countries, but there are still countless others struggling to find safe evacuation routes while trapped.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been active in Ukraine for eight years since 2014 and continues to support people living in conflict.
“ICRC workers deliver medical, food, water and hygiene supplies to the capital Kyiv (Kyiv), southern Odessa, eastern Mariupol, Donetsk, Luhansk and many other places. Obviously, we More has to be done to respond, so we are sending more staff and Martin Shepp, the ICRC’s director of operations for Europe and Central Asia, said: “Masu. “
During the week of March 7, we arrived in Ukraine with an increase in emergency support, including medical personnel and weapons contamination experts. The ICRC also has presences in Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Russia to significantly expand its local presence, while working with International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners in the surrounding areas. send. The ICRC has also established logistics centres in neighbouring countries to more efficiently deliver relief supplies to Ukraine, where supply chains have been disrupted.
In addition to strengthening local support, we continue to engage in an ongoing and confidential dialogue with all parties. This is to reaffirm our obligations under international humanitarian law to fight and protect civilians.
From 22 February to 8 March 2022, the ICRC carried out the following activities in cooperation with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS).
Distributed critical care medical supplies to regional and paediatric hospitals in Mariupol.
Medical support is provided in several refugee centres in Mariupol.
Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ukrainian Red Cross have jointly provided surgical equipment to three main hospitals in Kiehl.
Odessa will provide 2.5 tons of insulin equivalent to 6,500 people x half a year, and southeastern Dnipropetrovsk will provide 9,000 people x 3 months of insulin.
In Kyiv, Severo-Donetsk, Luhansk and Slovyansk in Donetsk, we provide psychological care for children and adults living underground or in shelters.
Distributed over 160 first aid kits for use by the Ukrainian Red Cross and medical authorities.
Relief supplies such as food and water
Distributed food, water and hygiene items to 4,000 people living in the Mariupol shelter.
Delivered a full range of groceries and 500 hygiene kits, as well as medicines and evacuation equipment to Holivka, Donetsk Region.
Provided 7,000 liters of drinking water to the city of Donetsk.
The Ukrainian Red Cross provided fuel to deliver 750 support packages to the Klenifka, Obolon and Podil districts of the capital Kyiv.
Food distribution to residents of Shastier, Trokisbenka and Novoeider in Luhansk Oblast.
Distributed 38,000 liters of bottled water to residents and medical institutions near Donetsk.
2.5 tons of water and 50 tarpaulins were provided to the authorities in Kirovsk, Donetsk Oblast for distribution to residents.
Food and evacuation equipment were distributed to IDPs in nine villages around Donetsk.
Provision of equipment for workers involved in the restoration of Donetsk water supply facilities.
Distribution of drinking water, fuel and tarpaulins to Donetsk residents.
Assisted in the rehabilitation of the Luhansk Oblast Gas Pipeline in Vrubivka, Luhansk Oblast.
The branch of the Ukrainian Red Cross in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region received about 28,000 Swiss francs (about 3.5 million yen) in cash.
Provide blankets, mattresses and fuel tanks to three evacuation centres in Severo Donetsk.
$66,000 (approximately 7.7 million yen) in cash support to the Ukrainian Red Cross base in Luhansk.
Provision of blankets, pillows and mattresses for internally displaced persons living in the area around Novozovsk, Donetsk Region.
Luhansk supplies 200 tarpaulins and vinyl sheets.
Donated 4,900 kg of potassium permanganate for water purification to Vodaton Basapokrovsk, Donetsk Region.
Donated 7,000 relief items to aid organizations operating in Sviatohirsk, Donetsk Region.
Efforts related to weapons contamination
Newly dispatched weapons contamination experts from the ICRC will assist in clearing each community of unexploded ordnance.
Donated 500 signs to the Ukrainian Red Cross to indicate areas of hazardous unexploded ordnance contamination.
Organized several emergency briefings on “Hazard Awareness and Safe Behaviour” for Red Cross volunteers. Print and make available materials that promote hazard awareness and safe behavior, as well as materials to protect personal safety.
The ICRC and the Ukrainian Red Cross are jointly planning a campaign on risk awareness and safe behaviour.
Central Follow-up Bureau
The Central Bureau of Follow-up has expanded the campaign and called on all parties to the conflict to provide necessary information on all prisoners of war, alive or dead. Once the line of communication is established, it will mediate with the parties to the conflict and their families to exchange information on enemy prisoners of war and casualties.
The Ukrainian Red Cross and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in each country are supporting family reunification and restoring contact so that families can obtain information about relatives in Ukraine.
Support is being provided to organizations involved in the dignified management of the dead, including relief supplies.