The UN Agency for refugees, in 2017 plans to continue the program of assistance for the restoration of housing destroyed during the fighting in the Donbass. This was announced by the UN high Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi in an interview to “Interfax-Ukraine”.
“I have visited Lugansk, Donetsk and several villages, which were destroyed during the conflict. In some of them the situation is really terrible, although we and other organizations have launched aid programs for restoring housing. Our Agency has already helped to restore housing 1200 families. We plan to help 2 million families with rehabilitation of homes in the next year,” he said.
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However, he noted that the need for such assistance is much larger. “The needs are much higher, particularly in the uncontrolled territories”, – said F. Grundy.
Grundy arrived with a five-day visit to Ukraine, during which he met with the country’s leadership, visited Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Slavyansk and Mayors (three cities of Donetsk region), and also visited the territory of Donbas, temporarily not controlled by Ukrainian authorities.
This is the first visit of the UN high Commissioner for refugees in Ukraine for the past 20 years.
As reported, earlier Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman called on the UN Agency for refugees to send a mission to assess the compliance of human rights in Crimea.