World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Ukraine: ICRC urges respect for humanitarian work

Geneva/Moscow/Kiev (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned about spiralling violence in Ukraine, and about the lack of respect for medical and humanitarian work and for those carrying it out.

"Scores of people in the streets of Kiev and across Ukraine are in need of urgent medical aid. A Ukrainian Red Cross Society volunteer was wounded today while providing medical assistance," said Pascal Cuttat, head of the ICRC’s regional delegation covering the Russian Federation, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. "We have received further reports of Ukrainian Red Cross staff and volunteers being harassed and of other impediments to their work. This is unacceptable. We are calling on everyone involved in the violence to show restraint and to ensure that medical personnel and humanitarian staff, and the facilities and vehicles they are using, are spared."

Since the onset of the events in 2013, Ukrainian Red Cross emergency response teams have administered first aid to the wounded of both sides. In the last 48 hours they assisted more than 360 people.

The ICRC has been providing financial and technical support enabling the Ukrainian Red Cross to boost its ability to meet needs throughout the country in close coordination with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The ICRC has staff on the ground and is in dialogue with representatives of the government and the opposition.

Mr Cuttat said that, despite the challenging environment, the Ukrainian Red Cross was doing its utmost to provide neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian aid. "More than 50 volunteers of the emergency response team in Kiev are working around the clock." For the Ukrainian Red Cross to be able to continue working, he said, everyone involved in ongoing clashes has to respect humanitarian staff and health-care workers.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Haiti: $5 Million To Kick-Start Aid In Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

UN emergency fund allocates $5 million to kick-start assistance in wake of Hurricane Matthew More>>


Not Helen Clark: António Guterres Favourite For Next UN Secretary-General

Former Portuguese Prime Minister António Guterres has emerged as the clear favourite to become the next United Nations Secretary-General following the sixth secret ballot held today by the UN Security Council, which is expected to take a formal decision tomorrow and forward Mr. Guterres’ name to the 193-Member General Assembly for final confirmation. More>>


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news