As a result of the continued heavy bombardment of
cities in the Donbas region and southern cities like Odessa, the amount of
humanitarian assistance in general, but specifically medical supplies, is in
decline. It is not just military weaponry that is desperately needed if the
people of Ukraine are going to be able to sustain any kind of resistance.
The UN estimates that there are currently 15.7
million people within Ukraine in need of life-saving assistance. Over 2 billion
dollars will be needed in the short term to help 8.7 million of the most
vulnerable people. Meeting this need is becoming increasingly difficult with
the widespread destruction of major cities and infrastructure including roads
and bridges causing major problems for medical supplies and other critical
services to reach their destinations.
Last week, the UN Office in Ukraine reported that
approximately 136 attacks on medical facilities have occurred since the
beginning of the war. This has prompted the updated flash appeal or organized
plan to assist organizations working in the most threatened regions. Convoys
led by the UN have so far delivered essential supplies five times which will
continue for the foreseeable future.
Sources: Reuters, UN News
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