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Humanitarian needs in Ukraine and call for respect for the red cross emblem

02-06-2014 News Release 14/23

The Ukrainian Red Cross Society, the Russian Red Cross Society, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation resulting from the current crisis in Ukraine, in particular in the southern and eastern parts of the country.

Despite the volatile environment, more than 300 volunteers and staff of the Ukrainian Red Cross, mobilized since the onset of the crisis, have provided emergency medical and other assistance to more than 1,500 people affected by the situation. The safety and security of staff and volunteers working on the ground are of paramount importance to the Movement.

The Ukrainian Red Cross continues to be supported in its efforts by its partners within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, each of which is acting on the basis of its own specific mandate and in full compliance with the Movement's fundamental principles, especially neutrality, impartiality and independence.

The Russian Red Cross is currently taking cash donations in the Russian Federation to support humanitarian work in Ukraine and transferring them to that country through the Ukrainian Red Cross. The Russian Red Cross is also prepared to respond to any humanitarian needs arising on its territory as a consequence of the situation in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Red Cross, the Russian Red Cross, the International Federation and the ICRC are calling on everyone involved in the violence to respect the red cross emblem and prevent its misuse, and to allow all Red Cross workers and volunteers on the ground to perform their humanitarian duties. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is emphasizing that the red cross emblem may only be used by those authorized to do so under the four Geneva Conventions.

This is a joint communication by:
the Ukrainian Red Cross Society,
the Russian Red Cross Society,
the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross


For further information:

David-Pierre Marquet, ICRC Public Relations Officer, tel: +41 22 730 25 02
Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, International Federation Public Communications, tel: +41 22 730 46 96
Sergei Kobets, Russian Red Cross Society, tel: +7 906 776 14 03
Viktor Sherbanuk, Press Service of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, tel: +38 050 443 62 33