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    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is concerned that many humanitarian programs in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass are still facing challenges due to continuing hostilities, among other issues, ICRC President Peter Maurer told Sputnik.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine's southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup. In February 2015, the two sides reached a ceasefire deal after talks brokered by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine — the so-called Normandy Format — in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Kiev has been reluctant to implement a number of Minsk deal provisions.

    "We are concerned that many humanitarian programs in Donbass still encounter obstacles, some of them are obstacles because of impact of warfare," Maurer said.

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