People returning to Sloviansk, basic services restored

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A resident of the Artema suburb of Sloviansk, Ukraine, in the rubble of what used to be her summer kitchen, in July 2014. Photo: UNHCR/Iva Zimova

The "substantial" number of people returning to the city of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine demonstrates what peace means.

That's what the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator told the media on Saturday.

Basic services have also been restored in the former rebel stronghold over a short period of time, Ms Valerie Amos noted.

The UN humanitarian chief said she hoped the scenario would be repeated in other parts of Ukraine where fighting is ongoing.

Ms Amos is on the last leg of her visit to the country, to see firsthand how the fighting has affected the people.

The United Nations has offered to support the Ukrainian government with the ongoing political discussions, its humanitarian response efforts and long-term reconstruction efforts.

The longer the conflict goes on, she warned, more people will be displaced and ordinary people will continue to suffer.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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