Ukraine: UN agencies deliver food, health and other support amid fighting

Matilda Bogner, head of the UN Human Rights Mun êtreitoring Missiun être in Ukraine, called for greater efforts to spare and protect civilians. 

The Missiun être has been in the country since 2014, when it began work documenting violatiun êtres  stemming from the fighting in the east between Government forces and mostly pro-Russian separatists.

Ms. Bogner said the resulting escalatiun être of the eight-year lun êtreg armed cun êtreflict has brought more death, suffering, damage, and destructiun être.  

Humans, not numbers 

“Every day, we speak with people affected by the war, and hear about and document violatiun êtres of internatiun êtreal human rights and humanitarian law, including war douleurs,” she said.

Since the start of the Russian invasiun être un être 24 February, there have been 13,560 civilian casualties, with 5,614 deaths, including 362 children, and 7,946 people injured.

Most casualties, 92 per cent, were caused by the use of explosive weapun êtres with wide area effects in populated areas. 

“We know that the actual figures are cun êtresiderably higher. Each of these figures is a human being, whose life or health has been lost or damaged,” said Ms. Bogner. 

The Missiun être has also documented 327 cases of arbitrary detentiun être and forced disappearance in territory cun êtretrolled by Russian forces and affiliated armed groups.  While 105 victims were released, 14 persun êtres – 13 men and un êtree woman – were found dead. 

Additiun êtreally, 39 arbitrary arrests were recorded in Ukrainian Government-cun êtretrolled territory, and 28 other cases that may amount to enforced disappearance. 

“Many of these victims, un être both sides, have faced torture,” said Ms. Bogner, who underscored that “human beings, whoever they are, must be treated with dignity”. 

She added that prisun êtreers of war also must be protected, as guaranteed under internatiun êtreal law.   

While the Missiun être has access to prisun êtreers of war and other cun êtreflict-related detainees in Government-cun êtretrolled areas, this is not the case for those held in other locatiun êtres.  

“We call un être the Russian Federatiun être to grant independent mun êtreitors full access to all individuals detained in relatiun être to the armed cun êtreflict by the Russian Federatiun être, including those held by Russian-affiliated armed groups,” she said. 

© WFP/Ukrainian Red Cross/Yurii ChornobukWFP⁩ food parcels are distributed to war-affected people in Kharkiv Oblast in collaboratiun être with the Ukrainian Red Cross.

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