NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS - on humanitarian convoy for Chasiv Yar
10 March 2023
At around 10 a.m. local time, three trucks with United Nations humanitarian supplies off-loaded their vital cargo in Chasiv Yar, about 10 km from Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, with assistance for some 2,000 people in acute need.
The UN convoy will return to Dnipro today.
The convoy brought medical supplies for the remaining population in Chasiv Yar for three months, hygiene supplies for 2,000 people, food rations for 750 people for one month, and solar lamps and tarpaulins for around 750 people.
The items were provided by the International Organization for Migration, UNICEF, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Food Programme and WHO.
Most of the 16,000 people who used to live in Chasiv Yar and surrounding communities have fled the area. Chasiv Yar was completely cut off from gas supplies more than a month ago and all water has been trucked in. Electricity is extremely limited and the only ambulatory still functioning has limited capacity due to pervasive insecurity.
The UN and our humanitarian partners, together with local groups, are committed to support people in Chasiv Yar, which also hosts people who fled Bakhumt recently. Less than a month ago, we sent another inter-agency convoy to Sloviansk with supplies to people in Soledar, Chasiv Yar and Toretsk. We have been there on many other occasions before that.
So far in 2023, the UN and our partners have sent 26 inter-agency convoys to communities living close to the front line, supporting nearly 230,000 people. More than 10 of them reached communities in areas controlled by Ukraine in the Donetsk region, providing much-need items to approximately 100,000 people.
The UN and our partners will continue to make every effort to help civilians caught up in the horrors of the war in Ukraine.
Spokesperson, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Kyiv, 10 March 2023
For further information, please contact:
Saviano Abreu, OCHA: +380 504 223 943, email@example.com