The UN will not provide food aid to Ukraine, said the Russian foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, 8 Dec — RIA Novosti. The world food programme (WFP) will not be in 2018 to provide assistance to Ukraine, said in comments of the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry.

“In accordance with the UN plan for humanitarian assistance to Ukraine to 2018, the leading international Agency in the field of food aid — world food program of the UN — was not included in the list of his performers. In addition to lack of funds, there is motivated by the fact that the food situation in General in Ukraine no longer meets the criterion of crisis level according to the classification of the runway”, — said the Agency.

The Russian foreign Ministry noted that “according to estimates of UN personnel in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of this country in the fields of food security remains fragile and is deteriorating”. So, at risk are more than 1.2 million people, the majority of these people (800 thousand people) live on the territories uncontrolled by Kiev, which essentially continues their socio-economic blockade.

Fell into tranche

“As far as I can tell, this position of the runway is not only a decline in international attention to the humanitarian needs of the South-East of the country and, consequently, a lack of funding. Among other things, intervenes and political factor: the capacity of WFP staff do not work directly in uncontrolled Kiev areas, and act through various NGOs. Program officials refused to go on direct contacts with the authorities DND and LNR, as well as register proposed by the last to increase the level of trust between foreign humanitarian and recipients,” — said in comments.

The Russian foreign Ministry also said that the distribution of funds for humanitarian aid the UN is in accordance with the instructions of the donor countries, which are most likely to allocate contributions to specific agencies, countries, or under certain events. For example, in 2014, Russia transferred five million dollars to the world food programme of the United Nations for assistance to Ukraine. These funds were spent on financial vouchers for the needy in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, stated in the comments.

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict began more than 10 thousand people.