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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Cambodia

04 May 2022

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People queue outside a humanitarian centre in Chernihiv that helps all those in need of food, medicine and clothing. Credit: Serhii Korovayny

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights –  4 May 2022

Ukraine

In Ukraine, hostilities have been reported in Donetska, Kharkivska and Luhanska oblasts in the east as the overall security situation continues to deteriorate. More fighting and shelling is also reported in southern Ukraine, including in Khersonska oblast.

Missiles reportedly struck power and water stations in Lviv in the west on the evening of 3 May. On the same day a missile attack on railway infrastructure in Kirovohradska oblast in central Ukraine was reported – this is a major junction for trains evacuating civilians to western Ukraine.

The availability of fuel is declining in Ukraine, affecting people’s ability to move to safer areas. It has also impacted aid deliveries especially in the hard-hit areas.

As of 3 May, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  recorded 6,635 civilian casualties in Ukraine, with 3,238 people killed and 3,397 injured. We know that the death toll is much higher as many reports received by the UN are still being verified and many areas experiencing active fighting remain inaccessible.

An assessment by  Office for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and REACH ( a joint humanitarian initiative that provides data and analysis), has shown that since 28 February, at least 1.26 million Ukrainians have crossed western borders back into Ukraine. Primary reasons for return are family reunification and perception of safety in the area where they are returning.

The number of people who have left Ukraine for neighbouring countries stands at 5.65 million. The number of people leaving is on a declining trend.

The UN and humanitarians partners have reached more than 4.1 million people in need of humanitarian aid and protection to date. For example, 472,000 people have been reached with cash assistance as of 4 May, with nearly $65 million disbursed. Compared with two weeks ago, the number of people receiving cash has almost doubled (251,000 people received assistance as of 21 April).   

Cambodia

Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Joyce Msuya is in Cambodia to  participate tomorrow (6 May) in the consultative meeting on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Humanitarian Assistance to Myanmar.

The meeting will discuss the escalating humanitarian needs in Myanmar and the obstacles that aid organizations face in reaching vulnerable people with vital assistance.

Humanitarian organizations need greater and more consistent access for the delivery of life-saving support to vulnerable men, women and children, particularly in contested areas in the country’s northwest and southeast.