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EU provides humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine

The European Commission has announced today €24 million in humanitarian assistance to address the needs of conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine.

The funding comes as the European Commission and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs are organising a high-level conference in Brussels to raise awareness about the humanitarian consequences of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

 “Four years of conflict have put a tremendous strain on the civilian population in eastern Ukraine. We cannot overlook that there’s a humanitarian crisis at the European Union’s doorstep – On the occasion, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said. “Supporting all those in need, wherever they are, is a priority for the EU. Our new aid package will provide essential assistance such as food, healthcare and education for children.”

The new EU funding will help address the basic needs of the most vulnerable populations along the contact line including in the non-government controlled areas. It will help those who fled the conflict areas to neighbouring countries. The EU, together with its Member States, is the biggest donor of humanitarian aid, early recovery and development assistance to Ukraine. With today’s announcement, the EU has now provided over €677 million since the beginning of the conflict in 2014.

Counter-terrorist operation in Syria to continue

The United Nations Security Council in a unanimous vote approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across Syria to allow aid access to the population.

The UN Security Council demands in the resolution that “all parties cease hostilities without delay and engage immediately to ensure full and comprehensive implementation of this demand by all parties, for a durable humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days throughout Syria.”

The ceasefire will enable “safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services and medical evacuations of the critically sick and wounded, in accordance with applicable international law.”

However the cessation of hostilities will not apply to military operations against the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front, which is also outlawed in Russia, and other terrorist groups. The military operations against these groups will continue, TASS news agency reports.

 

Lavrov considers Trump’s UN speech “interesting”

Russia is “extremely concerned” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov leading Russian delegation at UN General Assembly said.

Lavrov’s comments, made to international reporters at the United Nations in New York and published by his ministry on Wednesday.

Lavrov, whose country is a signatory to the deal, said Russia strongly disagreed with that stance. “It’s extremely worrying,” he underlined. “We will defend this document, this consensus, which was met with relief by the entire international community and genuinely strengthened both regional and international security.”

Trump criticises UN bureaucracy

In his inaugural address the US President Donald Trump criticised the United Nations on  for not living up to its potential because of extended bureaucracy and urged member nations to reject “business as usual” and take “bold stands.”

“In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement, ” Trump said during a meeting on reforms.

Despite a ballooning budget and a doubling of staff since 2000, Trump said, “We are not seeing the results in line with this investment” and encouraged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to focus more on people than bureaucracy.