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Ukraine: Urgent need for medical supplies as casualties mount

28-05-2014 News Release 14/90

Kiev/Geneva (ICRC) – As the security situation deteriorates in the Donetsk region, in particular around the international airport serving the city of Donetsk, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is providing badly needed medical supplies to hospitals treating dozens of people injured in fighting across the region.

"There is an urgent need for medicines and wound-dressing materials, as the number of casualties is increasing," said Vera Radovic, head of the ICRC office in Donetsk. "Medical supplies have already been delivered to four civilian hospitals in Mariupol and two hospitals in Donetsk, and will soon reach Kramatorsk."

The ICRC is reminding everyone involved in the violence that they must respect the red cross emblem, which may only be used by those authorized to do so under the four Geneva Conventions. Moreover, Red Cross workers must be allowed to perform their humanitarian duties unhindered, and property belonging to Red Cross organizations, including means of transport, must be spared the effects of the violence.

In Kiev, Odessa and Kharkov, ICRC staff have started visiting people detained in connection with the current situation. The purely humanitarian aim of the visits is to independently assess the conditions in which the people are being held and the treatment they receive.

For further information, please contact:
David-Pierre Marquet, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 25 02 or +41 79 536 92 48
Ashot Astabatsyan, ICRC Kiev, tel: +380 67 118 24 81
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