12:09 May. 24, 2016
More than 9,000 people killed since Russia invaded Ukraine
Switzerland sends two convoys of humanitarian aid - chemicals for water treatment and medical goods - to the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.
On Sunday, May 22, the train carrying chemicals was sent to the militant-occupied Donetsk, the press service of Switzerland in Ukraine reports.
"Its destination is the city of Donetsk, where the Donbas waterworks provide many people on both sides of the contact line with drinking water", the statement read.
The other supplies, including medical goods and spare parts for X-ray machines, will be transported to Donetsk by a lorry.
Part of the humanitarian aid, containing chemicals and medical supplies, was sent to the hospital in Kurakhove. "A second convoy consisting of 14 lorries is transporting 245 tonnes of chemicals to the Donbas waterworks in the city of Krasnoarmiysk on the government-controlled side. Part of this consignment, a lorry load of medical supplies and medicines, will be delivered to the hospital in Kurakhove this morning", the press-release reports.
According to the press-release, the convoys are supported and monitored by seven members of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, which is part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA), and by employees at Switzerland's embassy and cooperation office in Kyiv. The current consignment is the fourth that Switzerland has sent to the conflict region since spring 2015.
Pope Francis announced on April 3, that a special collection would be taken up in all of Europe's Roman Catholic churches on April 24 to raise funds to help the people of Ukraine. More than 9,000 people were killed since Russia invaded Ukraine.