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Reference : V-F-CR-F-03337-N
Date : 02/04/2022
Country/Region : UKRAINE
Title : Ukraine : thousands in need of help in Irpin as ICRC urgently seeks to deliver aid
Duration : 00:04:00
Director : SMITH, Samuel
Cameraman : SYNENKO, Alyona
Editor : FELL, Nicola Eva
Person appearing :
SYNENKO, Alyona (spokesperson, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
SMITH, Samuel
Cameraman : SYNENKO, Alyona
Editor : FELL, Nicola Eva
Description : Irpin, once a commuter city in the Kyiv region, is now smoke and rubble with only the most vulnerable people still living there.
Those who could leave the city fled in a rush. There is a long line of abandoned cars in front of the bridge in Romanivka, the main route out of the city.
On Friday April 1st, 2022, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) managed to visit Irpin, which normally has a population of around 60,000 people, to help the thousands of people still trapped. They are the homeless, the elderly or those with limited mobility.
ICRC's spokeperson Alyona Synenko said: "We think there might be 3,500 people and the priority is to see what the situation is like for them right now.”
The city's pastor, Michail, guided the ICRC team. “Water is a huge problem," he said. "People are getting water from the wells, wherever they can still find it.” The ICRC will be supporting the Water Board to restore the water supply system to the entire city.
Many are trying to survive in their damaged houses. They need water, food and generators to charge their phones.
In its first visit to the city since the escalation, the ICRC delivered food, and hopes to return with more essential supplies on Monday and Tuesday (4 and 5 April). This will most likely include plastic sheets and tarpaulins for quick repairs to houses. However, it is only possible to enter the town in land cruisers. Trucks are too dangerous due to the many unexploded ordnance that litter the streets.
The military hospital has been heavily damaged and is empty. The only medical professional left in the area is an ophthalmologist who is now treating war-wounded patients. The ICRC medical team in Irpin provided first aid to people and the team evacuated one homeless person in a critical condition.
The man had spent many days without food and has advanced gangrene on both legs. It is not a war-related injury, but because of the conflict, he had not been able to reach a doctor. He was taken to a safer area where there was a SESU ambulance (State Emergency Service of Ukraine). The ICRC will aim to evacuate more critical medical cases in the coming days.

The ICRC has been working for the people affected by the conflict in Ukraine since 2014. Our operations in the country are among the ten largest ICRC operations worldwide. Working closely with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, we provide emergency assistance such as food, water, and other essential items. Our emergency health response has reached 145,000 people, across 75 health facilities in Ukraine.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Ukraine : thousands in need of help in Irpin as ICRC urgently seeks to deliver aid
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