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UN to scale-up humanitarian efforts in Ukraine

Refugees, mostly women with children, wait for transportation at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, on March 5, 2022, after fleeing from Ukraine. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Refugees, mostly women with children, wait for transportation at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, on March 5, 2022, after fleeing from Ukraine. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

NEW YORK — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations is committed to scaling up its humanitarian operations to help both those who have stayed in Ukraine and the millions who have fled.

Guterres relayed the promise to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in a phone call, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says.

Dujarric says the two also discussed the conditions for safely evacuating civilians, including foreigners, from combat zones.

The UN estimates that the 12 million people who have stayed in Ukraine and the 4 million who have fled to neighboring countries will need humanitarian aid in the coming months.

The UN Security Council will hold a meeting Monday afternoon on the escalating humanitarian needs that have arisen since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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