The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ukraine published the following press release on Dec. 9:

On 15 January, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will jointly launch the Ukraine Humanitarian Needs and the Response Plan and Regional Refugee Response Plan for Ukraine for 2024.                                                                                        

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With the war in Ukraine continuing to cause death and destruction, more than 14.6 million people inside the country – roughly 40 per cent of the population – will need humanitarian assistance in 2024. The current humanitarian situation is likely to further deteriorate this year if hostilities persist and attacks targeting energy and other critical infrastructure increase during the ongoing winter.

The war has also forced some 6.3 million Ukrainians to flee abroad. As of the end of 2023, 5.9 million refugees from Ukraine were recorded across Europe. This year’s Regional Refugee Response Plan will target some 2.3 million refugees and local communities generously hosting them.

Marking Two Years of Russian Violations of Humanitarian Law in Ukraine
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Of almost 350 statements on Ukraine made by the UN press center since February 2022, almost half refer to attacks on civilian targets or other breaches of humanitarian law by Moscow’s forces.

The event will feature a panel discussion to present both plans, featuring Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Denise Brown, Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine; Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine; and NGO representatives from Ukraine and Poland. Member States will also be given the opportunity to participate.

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Meeting the most urgent needs in Ukraine and neighboring countries will require stepped-up and sustained support from Member States, the private sector and partners

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Solomon Mokey
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Reform to the security counsel structure was already overdue when Kosovo supposedly taught the lesson that change was needed, yet here we are with every conceivable war crime being committed by a criminal dictatorship with veto power and even when a dam is blown up, they do nothing. It's the league of nations but with greater geopolitical consequences. Disband this bloated dysfunctional financial vacuum and start anew with the Ukrainian 10 part peace plan as a model for world governance.

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