The UN will launch an appeal on Monday to fund its humanitarian work in Ukraine, the International Organization’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Saturday.
In a telephone interview with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, the secretary-general expressed the United Nations’ determination to strengthen humanitarian aid to the Eastern European country, the organization said in a statement.
On Friday, the UN SG appointed Sudanese Amin Awadh as UN coordinator for the crisis in Ukraine to lead the humanitarian response there.
He said the United Nations is currently advancing the provision of life-saving assistance in Ukraine, including in the eastern part of the country, on both sides of the Line of Contact.
The multilateral organization also called for “safe and unhindered access” to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
For his part, the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, announced on his Twitter account on Saturday that “more than 150,000 Ukrainian refugees have now moved to neighboring countries, half of them in Poland.” and many in Hungary, Moldova, Romania and beyond”.
“Displacement is also increasing in Ukraine, but the military situation makes it difficult to estimate the numbers and provide assistance,” he said.