UN Convoys Reach Sumy but Failed to Enter Mariupol

The United Nations inter-agency humanitarian convoy reached Sumy, a city in northeastern Ukraine, but failed to reach the besieged city of Mariupol.

Osnat Lubrani, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine said that the humanitarian notification system with Ukraine and the Russian Federation enabled the passage of the UN convoy. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the organization is still coordinating with the two parties to reach the hardest-hit cities of Mariupol, Kherson, and Chernihiv.

UN’s humanitarian convoy delivered seven trucks loaded with food, medicines, and hygiene products that will be distributed by the Ukrainian Red Cross Society with its local partners. 

The World Food Program and People In Need, a non-governmental organization, provided food for nearly 6,000 people. 

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees provided blankets, sleeping bags, and solar lamps for more than 1,500 people. The World Health Organization also sent critical medical supplies for over 10,000 people for the next three months.

The UN Population Fund also reported it has sent  3,000 dignity kits, containing soap, underwear, and other basic items, but essential hygiene items to social service centers, shelters, and crisis rooms for gender-based violence survivors in Dnipro, Poltava, and  Zaporizhzhia. 

“Also, we have just received nearly $80 million in the last few days on our humanitarian appeal for Ukraine, which puts the $1.1 billion appeal at about 51 percent funded,” said Dujarric.

UN said it will continue to negotiate the entry of humanitarian support in Ukraine to reach the most vulnerable people affected by the crisis in the country.

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