Kyiv, August 19, 2016. The Government of Ukraine and the United Nations in Ukraine express their gratitude and respect to humanitarian workers and countless volunteers who continue to respond to the humanitarian needs of Ukrainian people affected by the protracted humanitarian crisis.

Kyiv, August 19, 2016. The Government of Ukraine and the United Nations in Ukraine express their gratitude and respect to humanitarian workers and countless volunteers who continue to respond to the humanitarian needs of Ukrainian people affected by the protracted humanitarian crisis. More than two years have passed since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine; global attention has moved on to other crises. However, humanitarian organizations – both national and international - continue to care for some 3 million Ukrainians in need of humanitarian assistance. Despite restrictions on access and a deteriorating security situation, humanitarian aid continues to be delivered to people in need living on both sides of the ‘contact line’.

The World Humanitarian Day was established in 2008 to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service to help people all over the world and to mobilize everyone to advocate for a more humane world. Humanitarian aid is based on a number of founding principles, including humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. The Government of Ukraine respects these principles and commits to support the humanitarian work carried out in Ukraine.

“We are grateful to both Ukrainian and international partners and organizations for the continuous efforts in helping Ukraine. We will do our utmost to support these activities to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainian people regardless of where they live”, said the Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, Vadym Chernysh.

Neal Walker, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, emphasized the leading role of the Government in the humanitarian coordination and response. “We are confident that our relationship of trust and collaboration with the Government of Ukraine will continue and even intensify now that the Ministry for the Temporarily Occupied Territories is taking the lead in the coordination of humanitarian work”, said Mr. Walker. He highlighted his inspiration, coming from the work of Ukrainian civil society, as well as from the generosity and solidarity of host communities across the country, who have welcomed hundreds of thousands internally displaced people.