ICRC asks donors to help its programs in Ukraine

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked donors to provide additional funding to support ICRC programs in Ukraine, ICRC Head of Operations for Europe and Central Asia Laurent Corbaz said.

"I would say that right now the main problem is access [to Donbass territories] rather than resources. We are confident we will receive more funds to cover operations, but yes, you are right, at this stage we have a huge appeal for the situation in Ukraine which comprises the majority of the programs approaching Ukraine," Corbaz told Interfax in an interview.

The ICRC also has programs in Russia "namely in southwestern Russia, Rostov area and Crimea, and also Belarus," he said.

"For all these operations our budget for up to the end of the year is not covered. However, we are optimistic that we will continue to work according to our wishes and the needs we want to watch," Corbaz said.

The ICRC "will welcome any additional funding," he said.

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