Call for "immediate" humanitarian truce in eastern Ukraine

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Stephane Dujarric. UNPHOTO/Jean-Marc Ferré

A humanitarian truce in eastern Ukraine is needed immediately, a United Nations official in the country has said.

Heavy fighting has intensified in densely populated areas of the eastern European country in recent days.

Delivering life-saving aid to the affected populations has been increasingly difficult.

Daniel Dickinson has the story.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine has expressed alarm over the deterioration of the situation in the two key towns of Donetsk Oblast.

The violence between Government and pro-secession opposition forces has also made it hard for people to find safety or leave the war-torn areas.

Stéphane Dujarric, the UN Spokesperson has more.

"Neal Walker, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, is calling for an immediate humanitarian truce to allow civilians to leave if they want to, for aid workers to assist affected communities, and to allow for the safe evacuation of the injured and the peaceful civilian population. He said that unfortunately, we continue to receive credible reports indicating that military positions are dangerously close to densely populated areas and places such as hospitals, schools, orphanages and homes for the elderly."

The UN says that indiscriminate shelling of civilians violates international humanitarian law and has to stop.

The Ukrainian political crisis that began in 2014 has transcended into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full- scale conflict in the east.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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