Ukraine: violence is stopping aid reaching victims, says ICRC

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Sloviansk, Ukraine. Photo: UNHCR/Iva Zimova

Renewed fighting in Ukraine and apparently indiscriminate shelling is preventing humanitarian aid from getting through, the Red Cross warned on Tuesday.

Anastasia Isyuk is a spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross:

"We are obviously very concerned about the recent escalation of fighting that put in danger people in and around Donetsk… We do hope that it will stabilise and we will be able to continue assisting people."

ICRC issued a fresh public appeal on Tuesday for the fighting to stop between government forces and Russian separatists, Ms Isyuk said.

She added there were casualties from the shelling in built-up areas but was unable to say how many.

The spokesperson issued a reminder to those involved in the conflict that "indiscriminate attacks that may target civilians or civilian objects are prohibited" under international law.

Harsh winter conditions and the suspension of welfare payments in Donetsk and Lugansk have made the situation even more difficult, the Ms Isyuk added.

The escalation of fighting in the east of the country and particularly around Donetsk airport comes despite the ceasefire agreement agreed in Minsk in September.

So far more than 4,800 people have been killed in the conflict.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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