UN humanitarian chief visits Ukraine to assess situation of IDPs

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Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Discussions with the authorities in Ukraine have been "positive" with regards to meeting the humanitarian needs of the people in the East.

That's what the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, told UN Radio on the phone from Kyiv on Friday.

Ms Amos is on a 4 day visit to the country, including Donetsk town, to see firsthand how the fighting has affected the people there.

So far, the UN humanitarian chief has appealed for $33.3 million from donors to assist in responding to the crisis.

"Should the situation deteriorate further obviously we will need to review that plan. In the discussions that I have had with the Ukrainian government, the discussions have been very positive with respect to ways in which we can work together to meet the humanitarian needs on the ground."

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that 190,000 people are currently displaced in Ukraine.

Ms Amos urged all parties to the conflict to "put the people first" and said she hoped the ongoing political talks would lead to a ceasefire.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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