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Ukraine: ICRC helps Ukrainian Red Cross assist victims of violence

13-12-2013 News Release

Moscow/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is greatly concerned about the recent violence and ongoing tension in the Ukraine.

Emergency response teams of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society evacuated casualties from both sides – some 40 people in all – at Kiev's Independence Square on the first day of protests, 1 December, and administered first aid to victims on both sides during the clashes that occurred in the early morning of 11 December.

In response to these events, the ICRC has been providing the Ukrainian Red Cross with financial support to boost its ability to meet needs in the capital. "Among other things, the Ukrainian Red Cross will purchase tents and jackets marked with its logo for its volunteers on the ground," said Pascal Cuttat, head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Moscow, covering the Russian Federation, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. "This will enable them to perform their tasks more efficiently and in greater safety."

The ICRC, which has been working in close coordination with both the Ukrainian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, stands ready to provide further support to raise the level of preparedness for possible consequences of the situation in Kiev and elsewhere. Additional funding will be available to cover the cost of replenishing stocks of first aid supplies and relief items.

For further information, please contact:
Victoria Zotikova, ICRC Moscow, tel: +7 495 626 5426 or +7 903 545 3934
David-Pierre Marquet, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 25 02 or +41 79 536 92 48