The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine Denise Brown arrived in Kharkiv on Monday, and aid workers began making life-saving deliveries to thousands of people in need, just days later as Russian troops retreated after a surprise Ukrainian counterattack to secure the area around the country’s second largest city.
The @UN & humanitarian partners are stepping up efforts to help more than 150,000 people affected by recent conflicts in Khakivska. Deliveries began just days after the Ukrainian Government announced it had regained control of the building:
– OCHA Ukraine (@OCHA_Ukraine) September 26, 2022
Kharkiv is located in northeastern Ukraine, just a few miles from the Russian border. Ukrainian authorities say they recaptured about 6,000 square kilometers of territory from Russia during a counteroffensive in September.
Food for more than 73,000
One statement due Spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday, said that “in the past 10 days, aid workers have distributed food to more than 73,000 people, almost half of the people living in these areas who, until a short time ago, were located beyond our reach.”
“Our colleagues also delivered cleaning kits to about 12,000 people, as well as kitchen sets, solar lights, blankets and other important household items to about 15,000 people,” said Saviano Abreu of OCHA continues.
“Medical centers have been stocked with enough drugs, surgical kits and emergency medical kits to treat 10,000 patients in the coming weeks.”
Humanitarian Coordinator Ms. Brown met workers with local organizations and volunteers, and noted that there was “a dire humanitarian situation” in the area.
She has visited several cities that since mid-September are back under Government control, and witnessed the extent of the destruction of civilian infrastructure, including homes, schools and hospital.
Expanding aid efforts
Mr. Abreu concluded: “The humanitarian community is working closely with local and national governments, as well as with volunteer groups, to extend support further and help those who have suffered through their trauma. emperor of seven months of war without full access to vital supplies.” .