The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are seeking more than $226 million to prepare for winter in the country at war since last February.
The funds will allow humanitarian agencies to begin critical procurement, distribution and repair activities, the UN organization said, adding that the goal is to provide aid to 1.7 million people before the winter season. winter 2022/2023.
“In anticipation of what could be ‘the worst winter since independence’, additional funds are urgently required to accelerate activities that will protect vulnerable individuals and families,” said the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the UN (OCHA).
According to the UN, early planning is essential to ensure warm, safe and dignified living conditions for those affected before the arrival of the cold season in a country known for its harsh winters.
As the winter temperature is expected to drop to -20 degrees Celsius in parts of the country, millions of people living in substandard conditions, without sufficient personal insulation or access to heating, will feel the severe consequences, warned the UN.
According to the multilateral organization, more than 15 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 7 million internally displaced people living in both private homes and collective centers. On the ground, millions of Ukrainians live in damaged houses or in buildings that are unable to provide sufficient protection against the harsh winter weather, according to the UN.