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U.S. to provide $23 mln aid for residents of eastern Ukraine

The United States will provide $23 mln of humanitarian aid for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions suffering of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, U.S. State Secretary John Kerry said during a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday.
U.S. to provide $23 mln aid for residents of eastern Ukraine

According to the report of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, after Kerry’s statement the total of U.S. humanitarian aid will exceed $135 mln since the start of the crisis, Joinfo.ua reports.

” The funding announced today will support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and other international humanitarian organizations as they provide for the basic survival needs of thousands of vulnerable people.  This contribution is available to help supply food, clothing, bedding, access to medical care and supplies, shelter materials, repair of key infrastructure, and more,” said in the embassy statement.

“In addition, U.S. assistance will help address humanitarian needs in parts of eastern Ukraine affected by the ongoing conflict.  This assistance will be implemented through a number of international non-governmental organizations, and will support shelter, water and sanitation, and livelihoods programs, in areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts on both sides of the line of control

According to the most recent United Nations estimates, there are more than 3.1 million vulnerable people in Ukraine, including many children, disabled, and elderly individuals.  The United States remains committed to helping address the serious humanitarian concerns in Ukraine, and continues to urge the international community to contribute more resources to humanitarian appeals,” reads the statement.

It should be recalled that earlier at the press conference John Kerry said that the U.S. will extend sanctions against the Kremlin if the Russian side fails to fulfill its commitments concerning de-escalation of situation in Donbas.