The ECHO Daily Flash of yesterday, stressed that the conflict has already brought over 2,000 civilians deaths and over one million refugees. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, calls for immediate cessation of the use of weapons with wide area effects in populated urban areas, as most civilian casualties were caused by the use of heavy artillery, multi-launch rocket systems and air strikes in populated areas.
According to the ECHO Daily Flash, the most concerning humanitarian situation is currently seen in the biggest cities under siege or nearly completely cut off (including Kiev, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Kherson) and throughout the contact line in Donbas. Significant damages to civilian infrastructure are also reported, causing a disruption of access to services, basic necessities and supply chains.
In addition, OCHA is particularly concerned about internally displaced people and people that are unable to flee as thousands of people, including older people, pregnant women, children and people with disabilities, are being forced to gather in underground shelters to escape explosions.
Several organizations are calling for the respect of International Humanitarian Law and underlined the importance of ensuring humanitarian access and windows of silence to deliver relief items, but also evacuate civilians from cities under siege.