This brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis to more than $112 million dollars. This was announced by U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Nancy Izzo-Jackson and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Robert Jenkins in Kyiv on Friday, Censor.NET reports referring to US Embassy in Ukraine press service.
According to them, the United States will provide more than $28 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people affected by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea.
The funding announced today includes nearly $17 million from USAID. Of this, $12 million will be provided to UNICEF, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and a number of international NGOs for shelter assistance, water and sanitation programs, cash benefits to help displaced families, small livelihoods projects, and humanitarian coordination and information management. The remaining $5 million in USAID funding are intended to address immediate food needs of the most vulnerable and food insecure population among internally displaced people, returnees and conflict-affected residents such as female-headed households, the elderly and the disabled.
According to the most recent United Nations estimates, more than 3.1 million vulnerable people in Ukraine, including many children, disabled, and elderly individuals, are in need of food, water, shelter, medicine, health care, and basic services.