11 October 2017

UN Assistant Secretary-General to visit Donbass republics

UN Assistant Secretary-General Ursula Mueller during her three-day visit to Ukraine, which starts on Tuesday, will visit the territories of the Donbass republics. This was confirmed on Monday by a representative of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Valijon Ranoev.

"During the trip, Assistant Secretary-General Mueller will meet with key players in Kiev and in the field, as well as get acquainted with the humanitarian situation in the areas under government's control and beyond," the source said.

According to him, the UN and partners of the organization continue to provide assistance to the population "on both sides of the contact line," but are experiencing an acute shortage of funds. Of the $204 million needed to conduct humanitarian operations in Ukraine in 2017, donors provided only 26 percent. As the OCHA representative said, during the forthcoming visit, Mueller will speak out for "increasing the financing of operations in Ukraine, including preparing for the onset of winter."

Earlier on Monday, UN Secretary General's official spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters that Mueller would arrive in Ukraine on October 10 and meet with officials, humanitarian workers, diplomats and refugees. He noted that the Assistant Secretary-General will also "visit parts of eastern Ukraine to personally become familiar with the situation of people and the humanitarian situation in the areas that have suffered from hostilities that have been continuing for the fourth year already."

DONi News Agency