With the approach of cold weather in Ukraine, about a million displaced people need help

At least a million displaced persons need urgent humanitarian assistance and money to Ukraine due to the approach of winter. Stéphane Dujarric, United Nations spokesman, stated this at a briefing in New York today, referring to the UN staff in this country.

Displaced persons, according to Dujarric, found temporary shelter in about 5,670 settlements in various regions of Ukraine. They urgently need winter clothes, blankets, mobile heaters and cooking fuel.

“At present, together with our humanitarian partners, we are engaged in the distribution of emergency supplies, as well as the construction and repair of temporary shelters in the Chernivtsi, Khmelnytsky, Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr regions of the country,” said a United Nations spokesman. “The UN Children’s Fund provided educational materials and hygiene kits to 120 kindergartens and schools in the south of the Mykolaiv region, 88 of which were damaged as a result of hostilities.”

Employees of a number of humanitarian agencies, according to Dujarric, receive in the Kirovohrad region people evacuated by trains from eastern Ukraine. They provide the temporarily displaced with basic necessities, temporary housing and a one-time cash allowance.

The number of civilian casualties in Ukraine today stands at 16,150, of which 6,374 died. This data was obtained from the staff of the United Nations Human Rights Observation Mission in Ukraine. More than 60 percent of the victims are in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.