Aid reaches Donetsk for first time in three months

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In Ukraine, cash and food voucher assistance by WFP allow people to go to the market and pick the food they prefer. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

Much-needed aid has got through to the Donetsk region of Ukraine for the first time in three months, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

All humanitarian aid was suspended in July to areas in the east, not controlled by the Ukrainian government and its armed forces.

Matthew Wells reports:

So far, nearly five millions people have been affected by the conflict that began in eastern Ukraine, eighteen months ago.

During the suspension of aid convoys, government-controlled areas of both Donetsk and Luhansk, and front-line areas, have continued to receive supplies, said the WFP on Tuesday.

But the arrival of trucks in non-government-controlled Donetsk, was a significant breakthrough that would provide relief to many.

Here's the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq:

"Two truck convoys, carrying enough food for nearly 16,000 people for one month, reached Donetsk in the past five days.

More convoys bringing food are being planned so that the total number of vulnerable people to receive assistance will be 20,000.

As another winter approaches, the humanitarian community is concerned about the needs of the most vulnerable people"

The agency said it was co-ordinating food distribution through its partner, People in Need, an international NGO.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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