UN appeals for 4.2bn dollars in humanitarian aid for Ukraine
Recent Russian attacks and the onset of winter are exacerbating the suffering of millions of Ukrainians. Some 14.6 million people, or 40 per cent of the population, are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations. To meet the needs of the Ukrainian people, the organisation has appealed for 4.2 billion US dollars (about 3.8 billion euros).
"The Ukrainians refuse to give up despite the Russian attacks. Nobody wants to depend on foreign aid, but there is no other choice. The people need your help," said Martin Griffiths of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
"Hundreds of thousands of children are living on the front lines, terrified, traumatised and without the most basic necessities of life," he said. "This simple fact should compel us to do everything possible to bring more humanitarian aid to Ukraine."
Some 6.3 million people have already fled Ukraine and are now refugees, mainly in Europe. According to the UN, only half of Ukrainian refugee children of school age attend school in host countries, and a quarter of refugees struggle to access healthcare.
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