The ICRC in Ukraine
In Ukraine, the ICRC is maintaining a dialogue with the authorities in order to address pressing humanitarian issues and is supporting the first-aid activities of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.
We are monitoring the situation on the ground and maintaining a confidential dialogue with all those involved in the violence, so that we can address the most pressing humanitarian issues. These include the fate of Ukrainian soldiers and their families in Crimea, and people arrested, wounded or missing in connection with disturbance or conflict.
Supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross Society
The ICRC has been providing URCS headquarters and branches with technical and financial support and has been training first-aiders. Kyiv-based URCS emergency response personnel are in the regions supporting emergency response teams there. The Red Cross branch in Crimea has formed volunteer response teams to provide first aid whenever needed.
The URCS has received support from other National Societies in the form of supplies, including medical supplies. These have been passed on to an emergency hospital and a hospital of the Ministry of the Interior in Kyiv. The German Red Cross has delivered emergency supplies to Donetsk for the use of the local URCS branch there.
The ICRC is reminding everybody to respect the Red Cross emblem and the work of URCS staff and volunteers, so that they can reach those in need.
The ICRC is visiting people who have been detained, including journalists held in relation to the current situation in eastern Ukraine, notably the Donetsk region. We carry out these visits in accordance with ICRC standard operational procedures and the details remain confidential.
Our presence in Ukraine
The ICRC has a delegation in Kiev with 25 staff, plus offices in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Odessa. We are stepping up our presence in these cities in response to the needs of people suffering the effects of the situation in eastern Ukraine. The ICRC also has sub-offices in Starobilsk and Mariupol.