STATEMENT BY THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR UKRAINE DENISE BROWN ON HUMANITARIAN ACCESS TO AREAS UNDER RUSSIAN CONTROL
18 June 2023
The United Nations has been engaging with the Governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding effective delivery of humanitarian aid to all people affected by the devastating destruction of the Kakhovka Dam.
The Government of the Russian Federation has so far declined our request to access the areas under its temporary military control. The UN will continue to engage to seek the necessary access. We urge the Russian authorities to act in accordance with their obligations under international humanitarian law.
Aid cannot be denied to people who need it.
The UN will continue to do all it can to reach all people – including those suffering as a result of the recent dam destruction – who urgently need life-saving assistance, no matter where they are.