UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, expressed deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in parts of eastern Ukraine, according to the UN News Center < http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48445#.U-XktuN_vTw>.
“Innocent civilians trapped in the fighting continue to lose their lives. The number of those who are fleeing the area continues to grow. Restoring vital infrastructure, not least for water and sanitation, is essential for a return to normal life,” said the statement.
According to the statement, Mr. Ban will continue to actively and closely follow the situation. If there is further deterioration of the humanitarian situation, or if nationally-led response efforts are not sufficient to meet humanitarian needs, the UN is ready to consider additional measures of support. At this stage, the situation is being handled appropriately by the Government of Ukraine, in coordination with international partners.
“The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to redouble their efforts toward achieving a lasting and peaceful political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. This is the most effective way to save lives and avoid a humanitarian crisis,” the statement concludes.