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Many Left Missing In East Ukraine War - ICRC
9 February, 2016
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What You Need To Know:

✓ The seventh largest humanitarian operation, worldwide;

✓ The situation in the East is primarily “seen as a political crisis and not as a humanitarian crisis;”

✓ the ICRC is focused on tackling the issue of missing persons in Ukraine;

✓ the Ukrainian Red Cross’ ‘ill use of money’ scandal: “We are totally independent from the Ukrainian Red Cross, and they are totally independent from us;”

The seventh largest humanitarian operation of the International Committee of the Red Cross is currently taking place in Eastern Ukraine. Alain Aeschlimann, Head of the ICRC Ukrainian delegation, explains that unfortunately the difficult situation in the East is primarily “seen as a political crisis and not as a humanitarian crisis.”

Apart from providing humanitarian relief, the ICRC is focused on tackling the issue of missing persons in Ukraine. “You have a lot of people who are unaccounted for… It’s very important to look at this as early as possible.” The ICRC works in close cooperation with authorities, families and forensic institutions.

“We are totally independent from the Ukrainian Red Cross, and they are totally independent from us.” A series of audits are currently taking place to clear the issues up so that the Society can continue its work.

Hromadske’s Ian Bateson and a guest co-host Tanya Lokot of Global Voices spoke to Alain Aeschlimann, Head of the ICRC Delegation of Ukraine during a live broadcast of The Sunday Show on February 7th, 2016 in Kyiv.