The Russian Federation declined the request of the humanitarian mission of the United Nations to access people on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region, who suffered due to the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant. This was stated by UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine Denise Brown.

“The United Nations has been engaging with the Governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding effective delivery of humanitarian aid to all people affected by the devastating destruction of the Kakhovka Dam. The Government of the Russian Federation has so far declined our request to access the areas under its temporary military control,” reads the statement.

Kherson region, flooding

Brown notes that UN will continue to engage in seeking the necessary access to people in the left-bank Kherson region.

“We urge the Russian authorities to act in accordance with their obligations under international humanitarian law,” the coordinator said.

As a reminder, Ukrainian rescuers and military personnel have repeatedly tried to evacuate civilians from the occupied left bank of the Kherson region but came under fire from the Russian military. In particular, on 11 June, during the evacuation, boats with civilians were shelled, resulting in three people being killed and another 23 being injured.

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