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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 7 October 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Aid relief reaches Ukraine towns and cities reclaimed from Russian control
Urgently needed aid relief has reached areas of north-east Ukraine recently reclaimed from Russian control amid ongoing fighting, UN humanitarians said on Friday.
More than 73,000 people in Kharkiv oblast have now received food assistance, which is nearly half of the population in the retaken areas.
Villages and settlements across the oblast that are back under Ukrainian government control are unable to meet even their most basic needs, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“Our access to these areas follows several months of intense fighting,” said OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke. “Nearly 140,000 people are believed to remain in the towns, villages and settlement in areas where control has changed, but they have extremely limited access to food, water, gas, electricity and medical services.”
In the town of Izium, the eight to 9,000 people still there are “completely dependent” on humanitarian aid to survive, Mr. Laerke continued.
Markets and shops have been destroyed or are closed, and families “gather in the main town square” to exchange possessions and supplies, to meet their basic needs, the OCHA spokesperson explained.
‘Frequent’ fighting in Kupiansk
Further north and at the edge of Luhansk oblast, the town of Kupiansk is today home to 4,000 people, compared with the pre-war population of 28,000.
“Hostilities and fighting are still frequent there,” OCHA reported, adding that aid convoys have delivered food, water, essential household items, medicines and health services to Izium and Kupiansk, where volunteer groups have responded, too.
In addition to food assistance, OCHA has coordinated the distribution of 12,000 hygiene kits and kitchen sets, solar lamps and blankets to 15,000 people.