KYV (Reuters) – Ukrainians shivering under bombs, frost and power outages will soon get more help from a fund that provides money to volunteers, community groups and civil society organisations, a UN humanitarian leader said on Tuesday.
“They are on the front lines, taking risks to ensure that people whose lives have been torn apart by months of war receive support for their daily needs: water, food, medicines, shelter when their homes are damaged.” are done,” Denis Browne, the top UN official in Ukraine, said in a statement.
Brown, Ukraine’s humanitarian coordinator, said the work being done was “impressive”, but resources were running out even after 10 months of war. The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund was releasing an additional $20 million to support 300 groups that were “working around the clock to support millions of people,” he said.
The money has been released at a time when UN humanitarian projects face a record funding gap, with global needs from Ukraine to the drought-stricken Horn of Africa far exceeding pledges which are themselves at record highs.
The new release follows the $252 million allocated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ukraine. More than $55 million has been spent in projects supporting hospitals, displacement centers and other facilities hosting generators and winter supplies.
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Ukraine is struggling to keep the lights on as its electricity infrastructure has come under frequent Russian attacks, including armed drones.
(Reporting by Elaine Monaghan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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