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$5.6 Billion Aid Appeal For Ukraine And Region - OCHA, UNHCR

Almost a year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the UN appealed on Wednesday for $5.6 billion to help millions of people affected inside the war-torn country and beyond.

The situation for many in Ukraine remains desperate, amid “relentless” shelling of civilian targets and infrastructure, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, told journalists in Geneva.

Humanitarian funding is needed to continue supporting lifesaving aid convoy deliveries to communities on the front line, “into areas of great danger and difficulty and priority needs”, said Mr. Griffiths, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

He highlighted how on Tuesday UN country team staff had travelled from Dnipro in six pre-loaded trucks to the eastern Donetsk region, some 200 kilometres away, to provide aid for two villages caught up in “the worst of those war zones…people under daily shelling, daily attacks, homes bombed, freezing cold, electricity problems”.

To continue doing this lifesaving work, the OCHA chief appealed for $3.9 billion to help 11.1 million of the 18 million people who need humanitarian assistance inside Ukraine. Officially called the Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine, it brings together more than 650 partners, the majority of them Ukrainian organizations.

Refugee needs: $1.7 billion in 2023

In parallel with the OCHA appeal, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is also seeking $1.7 billion to help Ukrainian refugees in 10 host countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi warned against complacency about what is happening in Ukraine. “I think we’re becoming a little bit used to this; we shouldn’t, because it’s quite appalling what the Russian invasion is doing to the country,” he said.

Describing a recent official visit to Ukraine, the UNHCR chief said that in the year since the Russian aggression on 24 February 2022, civilian infrastructure in Ukraine had continued to come under constant attack, leaving nurseries “flattened and old people living in cellars because of the danger of bombing”.

 

Support for health, education, jobs

Refugees from the conflict have every intention of returning to Ukraine at some point, Mr. Grandi continued, but until that happens, he said that Tuesday’s Refugee Response Plan appeal will continue to help millions of refugees and hundreds of UN partners on the ground.

In particular, funding will support health and nutrition services, education, livelihoods and temporary protection, the High Commissioner explained.

“The Ukraine refugee crisis - displacement crisis - remains the largest in the world, clearly,” he said. “Almost six million estimated internally displaced people. Plus, you know, the refugees in Europe who have registered for temporary protection are close to five million now, 4.8 million. But we know that there's many more that have not.”

Amid reports that violence is escalating in the east, latest UN estimates indicated that more than 7,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine in the last year, with 12,000 injured. “This is almost certainly a low estimate,” Mr. Griffiths said.

Asked about UN-led efforts to secure an extension of a deal to delivery of fertilizers and foodstuffs from Ukraine and Russia to the many countries that need them all over the world, the veteran aid official insisted that “the Global South and international food security needs that operation to continue”.

More than 21.3 million tonnes of corn, wheat, oil and other comestibles have been shipped across the Black Sea, as part of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which should be allowed to continue, said the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “We don't need it stopped in the middle of March and I hope – I hope and believe, actually – that it will be extended. And that is because it is an obvious case for international humanitarian security.”

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STORY: $5.6 Billion Aid Appeal For Ukraine And Region - OCHA, UNHCR

TRT: 4 min 17s

SOURCE: UNTV CH

RESTRICTIONS: NONE

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS

ASPECT RATIO: 16:9

DATELINE: 15 February 2023 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

 

 

SHOTLIST 

  1. Medium-wide, UN Geneva flag alley.
  2. Medium-wide press room, journalists, photographer, podium speakers.
  3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator: “We’re asking today for $3.9 billion for this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan in Ukraine. Over 11 million people are targeted by this response plan, and as you probably know, there are nearly 18 million people in need.”
  4. Medium, journalists writing on laptops, photographer preparing to take photo.
  5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: “The refugee component of what we launched today is $1.7 billion for this year.”
  6. Medium-close, journalists’ hands typing on laptops, writing notes on pad.
  7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: “It concerns 10 countries, in this case the refugee component, 240 partners. So, the total is almost 1,000 partners that we're working with.”
  8. Medium, TV cameras, journalists, participant taking photo with mobile phone.
  9. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator: “What the team there is prioritising is doing, is sending convoys to the front lines to meet the needs of the people on the front lines, on the Ukrainian side of the front lines - not across the line - but into areas of great danger and difficulty and priority needs.”
  10. Medium, journalists.
  11. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator: “Yesterday, indeed, UN staff into Dnipro travelled in six pre-loaded trucks and headed to the Donetsk region. You know, there, some 200 kilometres away; two villages in the worst of those war zones, that is a very hot area of war at the moment, people under daily shelling, daily attacks, homes bombed, freezing cold, electricity problems.”
  12. Medium-close, press room and participants.
  13. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator: “They delivered medicine, heaters, food, blankets and so forth for 1,200 people. That's something that goes on day in, day in, day out in Ukraine as a result of this terrible war.”
  14. Medium, journalists, podium speakers.
  15. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: “The Ukraine refugee crisis - displacement crisis - remains the largest in the world, clearly. Almost six million estimated internally displaced people. Plus, you know, the refugees in Europe who have registered for temporary protection are close to five million now, 4.8 million. But we know that there's many more that have not.”
  16. Close, participant taking photo with phone.
  17. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: “The focus is, as you can imagine, of all this operation, is the priority health and nutrition, education, the important livelihoods; temporary protection, which has now been adopted also by Moldova just when I was there, actually gives a great framework to support the refugees.”
  18. Medium, Filippo Grandi, photographer and journalists.
  19. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: “Civilian infrastructure constantly being hit and destroyed. I've seen, you know, kindergarten(s) flattened and old people living in cellars because of the danger of bombing. So, it's a pretty you know, we are after one year, I think we're becoming a little bit used to this. We shouldn't because it's quite appalling what the Russian invasion is doing to the country.”
  20. Medium, journalists and observers, seated.
  21. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator: “More than 7,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, according to our estimates, in the last year, almost certainly a low estimate; 12,000 civilians have been injured, again, according to our estimates and no doubt a low estimate.”
  22. Medium, TV cameras, observers.
  23. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Martin Griffiths, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator: “I hope so, that the Global South and international food security needs that operation to continue and now we’re what, close to 20 million tonnes (that have) come across the Black Sea. We don't need it stopped in the middle of March and I hope – I hope and believe, actually – that it will be extended. And that is because it is an obvious case for international humanitarian security.”
  24. Close, hands typing on laptops.
  25. Medium, TV cameras and operators.

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