The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has thanked the Russian authorities and ordinary Russians for their hospitality towards refugees arriving from Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has appealed to the Russian public to help the people in the Ukrainian conflict zone.
Russian Emergency Ministry has sent humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees in the Volgograd region, told Itar-Tass the Ministry spokesman, Alexander Drobyshevsky.
International humanitarian organizations reluctant to aid civilians fleeing Ukrainian warzone - aid worker
Russian Emergency Situations Ministry organized a convoy that departed from Noginsk on Sunday morning and headed to the Rostov region to provide relief aid to Ukrainian citizens.
The number one problem in Kramatorsk today is starvation, rather than bombings, the town's self-defense fighter who identified himself as Maxim told the Russkaya Sluzhba Novostey (Russian News Service) radio.
Russia has sent a note to Kiev about its plans to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine's eastern regions. The note says that having received numerous requests from residents of Donetsk and Lugansk about urgent humanitarian aid, the Russian side organized a motor convoy of the Russian emergency ministry to deliver 60 tones of humanitarian aid, including foodstuffs and personal hygiene means, to these regions, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday it has notified Kiev about plans to send 60 metric tons of humanitarian aid to eastern regions of Ukraine caught in the fighting between the government forces and independence supporters.
The number of Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance has risen to 10.8 million, or about half the country's population, as conditions continue to deteriorate, UN humanitarian affairs Chief Valerie Amos warned Thursday. Amos, who briefed the UN Security Council on the implementation of humanitarian access resolution, said that thousands of Syrian civilians are dying every month in targeted or indiscriminate attacks.
The people in the Russian city of Oryol - 300 miles south of Moscow - have organized a campaign in support of the residents of south-eastern Ukraine which is being torn by the civil war. Participators gathered in the city's central square. They froze to the sounds of a civil defense siren and then fell to the ground.
Pakistani authorities have launched a comprehensive military operation against the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other militants in North Waziristan tribal region, causing thousands of citizens to flee the restive area. The go-ahead for the offensive was given following a deadly attack on Karachi airport earlier this month, which immediately stirred outrage in the country and outside its borders.
The number of Syrians in urgent need of humanitarian aid has jumped to 10.8 million - nearly half of Syria's population of 22 million - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.
Syria's government warned the UN Security Council that delivering humanitarian aid across its borders into rebel-held areas without its consent would amount to an attack, suggesting it would have the right to retaliate against convoys, reports Reuters. As the veto-wielding members of the council - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia - negotiate a draft resolution to boost aid access, Syria circulated to the 15-member council a letter from dozens of Arab and Syrian lawyers.
UN aid agencies said Friday they were rushing supplies to conflict-torn Iraq to help over one million people driven from their homes by fighting. Donor nations were also holding a closed-door meeting at the UN's European offices in Geneva ahead of an expected fresh funding appeal next week, said Jens Laerke, spokesman for the world body's humanitarian division. An existing $105-million appeal has garnered just 14 percent of what is needed, he told reporters.
Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov says he is surprised at the fact that only Russia is rendering assistance to refugees from Ukraine, while international humanitarian organizations have still not joined these efforts.
US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to play down reports that the Obama administration wants Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down. "Nothing that the president decides to do is going to be focused specifically on Prime Minister Maliki," Kerry told NBC Thursday, according to DPA. "It is focused on the people of Iraq - Shia, Sunni, Kurd."
While Moscow has agreed to work over a United Nations Security Council's (UN SC) draft resolution on humanitarian access to Syria, authored by Australia, Jordan, Luxembourg, it warned against attempts to pass military measures in conducting humanitarian operations in that country.
Moscow-based Christian organizations have set up centers for collecting humanitarian aid to Ukraine’s southeast. The Russian Orthodox Church jointly with the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) has opened a centre for humanitarian aid in Moscow’s Novospassky Monastery (New Monastery of the Saviour). "Three tonnes of humanitarian aid are ready for departure because the facility is full up," the IOPS deputy chairman, Yelena Agapova told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.
Russian emergency airplane has delivered relief supplies to Syria and has evacuated 90 Russian and CIS citizens who wished to leave the country, spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Alexander Drobyshevsky told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.
The prime minister of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic", Aleksandr Borodai, has said that the situation in the region is "close to a humanitarian catastrophe". "The region is facing a critical situation, close to a humanitarian catastrophe. There are serious problems with the water supply. As a matter of fact, many towns and villages are already in a state of humanitarian catastrophe," he said at a meeting of the Russian Federation Council's provisional commission for Ukraine situation monitoring on Tuesday.