As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by the UN News Center.
The illegal "authorities" in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine have ordered United Nations agencies in Luhansk to end operations and to leave the area by today, Sept. 25. Some other international NGOs have been informed that they have to leave by Sept. 26.
"I am alarmed by news that the de facto authorities in eastern Ukraine have ordered UN agencies in Luhansk to end operations and to leave the area by tomorrow, 25 September," O'Brien stated.
The Under-Secretary-General also informed that the de facto authorities in Donetsk have suspended all UN agency operations.
"The suspension of almost all humanitarian programmes in Luhansk and Donetsk since mid-July is putting lives at risk and preventing the most vulnerable, including children, women and the elderly, from accessing basic services. It is having a serious impact on some 3 million people as winter approaches," O'Brien commented.
He reminded of the difficult humanitarian situation in the region.
"Hospitals cannot perform surgery because they lack anaesthesia. Patients' lives are at risk without essential medicines such as insulin and tuberculosis vaccines. Some 150,000 people are not receiving monthly food distributions, 1.3 million people's access to water is at risk, and more than 30,000 people have not received shelter materials and household items they urgently need," O'Brien wrote.
At the same time, the UN official stated, "some 16,000 tons of humanitarian assistance, including food, shelter and non-food relief supplies cannot be delivered."
"I call on the de facto authorities in both Luhansk and Donetsk to ensure the immediate resumption of UN and international NGO activities. Furthermore, I call on everyone with influence over the de facto authorities to use that influence to ensure the immediate resumption of humanitarian aid by UN agencies and international NGOs, and to win a commitment by the authorities to end interference in the provision of lifesaving assistance," Stephen O'Brien cocnluded.
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