Tuesday June 3, 2014
Ukrainian Red Cross has provided emergency medical and other assistance to more than 1,500 people affected by the crisis in the Ukraine. Photo: IFRC
Ukrainian Red Cross, Russian Red Cross, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation resulting from the current crisis in Ukraine.
Despite the volatile environment, more than 300 volunteers and staff of Ukrainian Red Cross, mobilised since the onset of the crisis, have provided emergency medical and other assistance to more than 1,500 people affected by the situation.
The safety and security of staff and volunteers working on the ground are of paramount importance to Red Cross.
The Ukrainian Red Cross continues to be supported in its efforts by its partners within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, working to provide assistance to all those in need in line with the Fundamental Principles, especially neutrality, impartiality and independence.
The Russian Red Cross is currently taking cash donations in the Russian Federation to support humanitarian work in Ukraine and transferring them to that country through Ukrainian Red Cross.
The Russian Red Cross is also prepared to respond to any humanitarian needs arising on its territory as a consequence of the situation in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian and Russian Red Cross Societies, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are calling on everyone involved in the violence to respect the red cross emblem and prevent its misuse, and to allow all Red Cross workers and volunteers on the ground to perform their humanitarian duties.
Red Cross is emphasizing that the red cross emblem may only be used by those authorized to do so under the four Geneva Conventions.
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