UN / UKRAINE UPDATE

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As Ukraine enters the fourth month of conflict, the UN is extremely concerned about the fate of civilians, as hostilities further escalate in the eastern oblasts, particularly in Luhanska and Donetska, said a UN Spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY – FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

27 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“A quick update from Ukraine, where we are entering the fourth month of conflict, and our colleagues are extremely concerned about the fate of civilians, as hostilities further escalate in the eastern oblasts, particularly in Luhanska and Donetska.
Airstrikes, missile attacks and shelling continued to be reported in different parts of the country. Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the eastern [city] of Kharkiv, which had recently been relatively calm, was shelled yesterday.
In the past two days, central Dnipropetrovska oblast, [northern] Sumska oblast, [and] southern Mykolaivska and Zaporizka oblasts have also been targeted, resulting in civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure.
We are continuing also to ramp up efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian aid and support millions of Ukrainians impacted by the war. We have now reached 7.6 million people – that’s an 11 per cent increase from the 6.85 million people reached by the end of last week.
More than 6.5 million have been reached with food assistance, compared with 6 million a week before. Some 2.6 million people have received health support, 30 per cent more than a week ago; 1.4 million people have received cash assistance, just over double the nearly 690,000 people reached [as of] last week.
We urge the parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to allow rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian goods so they can reach those civilians who need it.”
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STORYLINE:

As Ukraine enters the fourth month of conflict, the UN is extremely concerned about the fate of civilians, as hostilities further escalate in the eastern oblasts, particularly in Luhanska and Donetska, said a UN Spokesperson.

Speaking to journalists in New York on Friday (27 May), Stéphane Dujarric said that airstrikes, missile attacks and shelling continued to be reported in different parts of the country.

“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that the eastern [city] of Kharkiv, which had recently been relatively calm, was shelled yesterday,” the Spokesperson said.

In the past two days, central Dnipropetrovska oblast, northern Sumska oblast, and southern Mykolaivska and Zaporizka oblasts have also been targeted, resulting in civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure.
According to Dujarric, the UN continues to ramp up efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian aid and support millions of Ukrainians impacted by the war. The Organization has now reached 7.6 million people, an 11 percent increase from the 6.85 million people reached by the end of last week.

So far, more than 6.5 million have been reached with food assistance, compared with 6 million a week before. Some 2.6 million people have received health support, 30 percent more than a week ago; 1.4 million people have received cash assistance, just over double the nearly 690,000 people reached as of last week.

The UN Spokesperson also urged the parties to the conflict “to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to allow rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian goods so they can reach those civilians who need it.”
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