The Russian Federation is creating obstacles in the delivery of UN humanitarian missions and goods to the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, Ukrinform reports with reference to Stephanie Tremblay, associate spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

“We don’t have access across the contact line,” she said.

According to Tremblay, humanitarian missions are continuing to expand their activities and prepare goods for delivery to areas with active hostilities, as well as to places Ukraine has recently regained control of.

Over the past four weeks alone, the UN and partner organisations have delivered six humanitarian convoys to areas of the Kharkiv and Kherson regions that have recently become accessible to international organisations. The cargo includes water, hygiene products, medicines, kits for staying at shelters in winter, etc. The latest convoy is intended for more than 7,500 people in three communities of the Kherson region.

“We and our partners continue to work to increase the volume of emergency water supply and sanitation services,” Tremblay noted.

She added that the need to provide humanitarian aid became even more urgent due to the energy crisis in Ukraine.

In total, humanitarian organisations have provided water supplies, sanitation and hygiene services to more than 5.7 million people since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

Bohdan Marusyak

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