Russia’s war on Ukraine (DG ECHO, UN, Ukrainian government, media) (ECHO Daily Flash 31 May 2022) – Ukraine

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  • The UN and its humanitarian partners have provided life-saving humanitarian assistance to more than 7.6 million people in Ukraine, according to UN OCHA. Since February 24, more than 6 million people have received food aid; health-related support for 2 million people; and more than 700,000 people received cash assistance.

  • Russian troops repeatedly prevented the evacuation of civilian cars from the occupied territories to Zaporizhzhia, with reports that they stopped columns of 300-400 cars on May 29 for 4-5 days, demanding money for let cars pass. According to the governor of Luhansk Oblast, Russian forces shelled an armored evacuation vehicle, killing French journalist Frederic Leclerc Imhoff.

  • Russian forces have captured areas of Severodonetsk but have yet to fully encircle the city. Russian President Putin said Russia is ready to facilitate the unhindered export of grain from Ukrainian ports in coordination with Turkey.

  • Turkey is ready to host a meeting between the Russian, Ukrainian and UN delegations, and to play a role in an “observation mechanism” if an agreement is reached.

  • The European Commission is also coordinating the provision of assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to Ukraine, from the 27 Member States and the two Participating States. More than 35,000 tonnes of assistance from these countries and rescEU medical stock items were delivered to Ukraine via UCPM logistics hubs in Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

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