GENEVA / UKRAINE UPDATE

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19-Apr-2022 00:02:26
UN aid agencies and partners said on Tuesday that they continue to mobilise inside Ukraine to help the country’s most vulnerable people amid ongoing devastating Russian shelling and attacks on health care facilities and personnel. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / UKRAINE UPDATE
TRT: 02:26
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 19 APRIL 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST:
1. Wide shot, flag alley, Palais des Nations, exterior
2. Wide shot, pressroom
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Shabia Mantoo, spokesperson, UNHCR:
“The latest numbers we have are about 4.9 million refugees are fleeing Ukraine since 24 February.”
4. Wide shot, pressroom
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Shabia Mantoo, spokesperson, UNHCR:
“We are watching with concern to see what will happen, but it’s quite alarming that just in the space of a few weeks, we are approaching five million refugees from Ukraine, which we’ve said right at the start, with the pace of these movements, this is the fastest-growing and one of the largest refugee crises we are seeing in in Europe since the Second World War, and this is what it really continues to look like.”
6. Medium shot, journalist, TV screen to rear, showing podium speaker and external speaker
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Bhanu Bhatnagar, spokesperson, WHO:
“WHO has now delivered 218 metric tonnes of emergency and medical supplies to Ukraine, and roughly two – sorry – yes, two-thirds of that, so that’s about 132 metric tonnes, have reached their intended destinations in the east and north of the country.”
8. Close up, journalist, TV screen showing podium speaker and external speaker
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Bhanu Bhatnagar, spokesperson, WHO:
“Of that 137 verified attacks that we have confirmed thus far, 132 of them have impacted health facilities; 16 of them impacted transport like ambulance, 24 have impacted personnel, 12, patients, 27 of them have impacted supplies, and two have impacted warehouses.”
10. Medium shot, journalists/participants seated, large screen TV showing podium speaker and external speaker
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jakob Kern, Emergency Coordinator for Ukraine Crisis, WFP:
“So, we estimated towards about a month ago, we thought there would be about 260,000 people left in need of assistance and taking the military out of that; but now the estimates are somewhere between 100, 120, 150,000.”
12. Close up, participants, laptop screen, TV screen with external speakers, and podium speaker
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Jakob Kern, Emergency Coordinator for Ukraine Crisis, WFP:
“A city of Mariupol - 100,000 people - would probably need about two to three trucks a day, so just food alone, not you know, now just the other items. So, it’s not the question of going with ten trucks once a month; that’s not going to, to cut it. So, these processes are important, and as I said, it needs agreement from all sides, and so far, we haven’t managed to get that.”
14. Medium shot, journalists/participants seated, TV camera and tripod
15. Close up, reading glasses, water flask, hands typing on laptop keyboard
16. Med shot, participant, bookshelves
STORYLINE:
UN aid agencies and partners said on Tuesday (19 Apr) that they continue to mobilise inside Ukraine to help the country’s most vulnerable people amid ongoing devastating Russian shelling and attacks on health care facilities and personnel.

Women, children, and disabled people have also continued to flee all parts of Ukraine for seven weeks since the Russian invasion, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said, adding that it was key that borders remained open to those seeking shelter.
“The latest numbers we have are (that) about 4.9 million refugees are fleeing Ukraine since 24 February,” spokesperson Shabia Mantoo told journalists in Geneva. “We are watching with concern to see what will happen, but it’s quite alarming that just in the space of a few weeks, we are approaching five million refugees from Ukraine, which we’ve said right at the start, with the pace of these movements, this is the fastest-growing and one of the largest refugee crises we are seeing in in Europe since the Second World War, and this is what it really continues to look like.”

As efforts continue to secure agreements for humanitarian access to all parts of Ukraine, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) explained that it was doing its utmost to pre-position aid and deliver lifesaving supplies and equipment to strategic areas.

“WHO has now delivered 218 metric tonnes of emergency and medical supplies to Ukraine…132 metric tonnes have reached their intended destinations in the east and north of the country,” said Bhanu Bhatnagar, speaking from Lviv in west Ukraine.

The WHO official explained that diesel generators were to be dispatched on Tuesday from a Lviv warehouse to hospitals in Kharkiv and Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting has disrupted the power supply. Mariupol health facilities were also due to receive two generators, and another was planned for Severodonetsk, where power supply is limited or non-existent.

Once delivered, the generators will facilitate surgery, trauma and emergency care, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, and treat infectious diseases, Bhatnagar explained, stressing that even a momentary power failure could have “serious consequences for patients,” for example, those needing medical oxygen.

“We will only move the generators to their final destinations when we can ensure the safety of our personnel and the precious cargo they are transporting,” the WHO official continued, noting that there are now only ten oxygen plants across the country that supply hospitals and health services.

Attacks on health care in Ukraine have also continued to threaten the lives of patients and professionals, the WHO spokesperson said, with a total of 137 confirmed attacks since 24 February.

“Of … 137 verified attacks that we have confirmed thus far, 132 of them have impacted health facilities; 16 of them impacted transport like ambulance, 24 have impacted personnel, 12, patients, 27 of them have impacted supplies and two have impacted warehouses,” Mr. Bhatnagar said, adding that one confirmed attack could have multiple impacts on different aspects of health care in Ukraine.

In the besieged city of Mariupol, the UN World Food Programme reiterated that securing safe access in and out of the city remained critical.

About a month ago, an estimated 260,000 people were believed to be left inside Mariupol, excluding Ukrainian military personnel. Still, now the estimates are somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000, said Jakob Kern, WFP Emergency Coordinator for Ukraine.

He insisted that this number of people highlighted the need for sustained humanitarian access.

“A city of Mariupol - 100,000 people - would probably need about two to three trucks a day, so just food alone, not you know, now just the other items. So, it’s not the question of going with ten trucks once a month; that’s not going to, to cut it. So, these processes are important, and as I said, it needs agreement from all sides, and so far, we haven’t managed to get that.”
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