An emergency food operation is launched by WFP in Ukraine

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A stack of rice bags provided by the World Food Programme (WFP). UN Photo/Mark Garten

A small operation to deliver food to vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine is being rolled out, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Since the beginning of  September, the UN's food agency has been distributing food boxes in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Luhansk.

According to reports, a fragile ceasefire is now in place in the eastern region, but the situation remains extremely volatile and unpredictable.

WFP's spokesperson in Ukraine Francesca Caponera has more.

“We have started a small operation. We are purchasing food parcels overall equivalent to 90,000 daily rations. We have started distribution in the conflict affected areas, so far we have distributed already 10,000 daily rations that it is enough to cover the food aid needs of 2,000 people for five days.”  (0'25")

WFP says that by mid-October, up to 10,000 displaced people will receive food vouchers, worth nearly $500,000, allowing them to choose and purchase food available in their own communities.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’12″

 

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