GENEVA / UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN IMPACT

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Speaking from Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine, where shelling has intensified in the last week, the United Nations’ top aid official in Ukraine issued an urgent appeal for guarantees from Russia and affiliated forces to allow humanitarians to deliver. UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 26 AUGUST 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

26 AUGUST 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, panel at briefing
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Denise Brown, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The winter is coming. These people have been caught in a war. Do they have what is necessary to
make it through the winter months? I don't have anyone telling me that they do. So, I can only assume
that they don't. So, every week or every two weeks, we're issuing notifications trying to access these
populations.”
4. Close up, journalist writing
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Denise Brown, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We have to help people wherever they are and I'm hopeful that the Russian Federation will provide the security guarantees that we require to go across. That's all we want to do. Provide insulin to the hospitals, provide blankets, provide mattresses, fuel if we can, repair windows and doors. It's not complicated.”
6. Med shot, screen showing briefing in background
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Denise Brown, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“The war has not prevented the humanitarian community from delivering. Since the start of the war,
we've reached over 12 million people, which is a tremendous achievement. That's in cash transfers,
that's in health, that's in shelter, that's access to clean water, protection, rehabilitation. So, the team on
the ground is really working extremely hard.”
8. Med shot, attendees at briefing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Denise Brown, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“In that time, we have reached less than a million people in the non-government-controlled areas. We
just have no reliable way of crossing the frontline.”
10. Close up, panellist, speaker on screen in background
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Denise Brown, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“People in this country have suffered enormously, enormous loss of lives, enormous loss of livelihood.
The agricultural production, which, thanks to the Black Sea initiative, is now finally moving, will have
an impact on families, on farmers and their communities and on the food insecure, particularly in the
Horn of Africa right now.”
12. Med shot, attendees at briefing
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Denise Brown, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“You just have to see as you drive across this country, it's an agricultural country. There's production
everywhere. So, we can only imagine that if farmers can't reach their land, that's going to have a huge
impact on their economic situation.”
14. Med shot, screen with speaker and panellist, camera in foreground.
15. Med shot, attendees at briefing.
16. Close up, reporter typing

STORYLINE:

Speaking from Kharkiv in northeast Ukraine, where shelling has intensified in the last week, the United Nations’ top aid official in Ukraine today (26 Aug) issued an urgent appeal for guarantees from Russia and affiliated forces to allow humanitarians to deliver.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Denise Brown said, “we have to help people wherever they are and I'm hopeful that the Russian Federation will provide the security guarantees that we require to go across.”

Brown is currently on a three-day mission to eastern and central Ukraine (Kryivyi Rih, Kharkiv and Dnipro) to assess the humanitarian situation first-hand.

She told reporters in Geneva that the UN was “constantly negotiating” for access, “up and down” the line that divides those fighting the war in the south and east. Mrs. Brown also said that she had no way of confirming what relief items, “if anything” Russia had reportedly sent to non-Government-controlled areas.

Aid organizations “just have no reliable way of crossing the frontline”. But she said that she was “hopeful that the Russian Federation will provide the security guarantees that we require to go across.”

So far, they have “reached less than a million people in the non-government-controlled areas” and she warned, “if farmers can't reach their land, that's going to have a huge impact on their economic situation.”

The UN aid coordinator also warned that winter is fast approaching in Ukraine and that she did not believe that vulnerable communities in the east and south had what they needed to survive.

Six months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, nearly 18 million people, around 40 percent of the country’s entire population, need humanitarian aid. Many elderly people were living in damaged houses and the lack of access to gas or electricity in large parts of the east “could be a matter of life or death” if people could not heat their homes, Mrs. Brown said in a statement.

Regarding OCHA’s plans for winter, Brown explained, “the winter is coming. These people have been caught in a war. Do they have what is necessary to make it through the winter months? I don't have anyone telling me that they do. So, I can only assume that they don't. So, every week or every two weeks, we're issuing notifications trying to access these populations.”

On a positive note, the Humanitarian Coordinator pointed out that the war has not prevented the humanitarian community from delivering. She said, “since the start of the war, we've reached over 12 million people,” providing “cash transfers, health care, shelter, that's access to clean water, protection, rehabilitation.”

Agricultural production is also “now finally moving” due to the UN-brokered Black Sea initiative.

This “will have an impact on families, on farmers and their communities and on the food insecure, particularly in the Horn of Africa right now,” she added.

Having met people uprooted by the war, Brown said, “moral and hope was still there”. While internally displaced people told her they are grateful for support from the UN and NGOs, they “still want to go home.”
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