: U.S. pledges more aid for Ukraine

18:31 May. 20, 2016

U.S. pledges more aid for Ukraine

A man carries buckets with water as local residents queue to get humanitarian aid being distributed in Popasna, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 28, 2015 (AP photo)

Washington allocates more than USD 28 mln in humanitarian help

United States has announced more than USD 28 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.

"This assistance will help hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people affected by Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea," the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

The announcement brings the total of U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the Russian-orchestrated war in Donbas to more than USD 112 million.

According to the most recent UN estimates, there are more than three million vulnerable people in Ukraine, including children, disabled persons, and elderly individuals, who are in need of food, shelter, health care, and basic services.

Read also About 1.5 million people face threat of hunger in Ukraine's Donbas region – UN

Out of the total sum announced on May 20, USD 12 million will be provided to UNICEF, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and a number of international NGOs, for shelter assistance, water and sanitation programs, cash benefits to help displaced families.

Read also More than half a million kids need help in Donbas - UNICEF

USD 5 million will be allocated for the UN World Food Program to address immediate food needs of the most vulnerable and food insecure population among internally displaced people, returnees and conflict-affected residents, such as female-headed households, the elderly and disabled.

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