United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his call on Sunday for a halt to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine to allow civilians to leave the danger zones.
“It is absolutely necessary to stop the fighting in Ukraine in order to allow the safe passage of civilians from Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy, as well as from all other places caught up in the conflict,” the UN chief emphasized in a tweet.
He also called for “ensuring the delivery of vital humanitarian supplies”, such as those from the United Nations that began arriving in the country on Saturday.
The United Nations Crisis Coordinator in Ukraine, Amin Awad, called on Saturday for an “immediate humanitarian pause,” stressing the urgent need to give priority to regions and geographical sectors “in which there are urgent humanitarian needs in order to intensify the delivery of life-saving.”
During the week, the United Nations and partner organizations launched an emergency appeal to raise $1.7 billion in order to provide the humanitarian assistance Ukraine will need. This appeal consists of a first plan for the situation inside Ukraine that requires $1.1 billion to cover the increased humanitarian needs of more than six million people affected and displaced by military operations over the next three months.
The second plan, which relates to humanitarian operations in neighboring countries, provides $551 million to help Ukrainians who have fled the border, mainly to Poland, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.