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Reference : V-P-UA-E-01124
Date : 08/12/2022
Country/Region : UKRAINE
Caption : Kherson region. Building damaged by the fightings.
Photographer : NOSENKO, Yevgen
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC Video Newsroom, 12/12/2022
Kyiv (ICRC) – The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross has completed a four-day visit to Ukraine, during which she traveled to Odesa, Mykolaiv, the Kherson region and Kyiv to meet with authorities, families of prisoners of war and communities affected by the armed conflict.

“I’ve seen a trail of destruction,” said ICRC President Mirjana Spoljaric. “I’ve seen destroyed houses, uprooted families. Power cuts have become the norm, and this is particularly problematic now that the winter sets in. This is why I continue to insist on the relevance and importance of international humanitarian law.”

Valeriy, local resident of Posad Pokrovskiy in the Kherson region, explains the level of destruction inflicted on his home in hostilities: “Our house has been heavily damaged. Everything has been destroyed. Everything we cared about, everything we earned through hard work – all of it has been destroyed. “

In recent weeks ICRC teams have visited more prisoners of war held by Russia and Ukraine, allowing delegates to check their conditions and treatment, share news with their families, and provide personal items like blankets, warm clothes, hygiene products and books.

“I continue to insist that we have to be given access to all prisoners of war and to all civilian detainees wherever they are,” said President Spoljaric. “We have to carve out space for humanity, where it is most difficult to preserve humanity. This is precisely the reason why impartial and neutral humanitarian assistance was designed.”

During her visit, President Spoljaric met with Andriy Yermak, the head of the office of the president of Ukraine; Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights; the heads of Kherson and Mykolaiv Regional Administrations; and the leadership of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. Ms Spoljaric’s visit ended Sunday.

“I’m concluding my first visit to Ukraine as the new president of the International Committee of the Red Cross,” said President Spoljaric. “I am very thankful for the conversations and meetings I’ve had with authorities but also with the communities. I’ve met with families who are looking for their relatives or trying to reach them where they are detained. I’ve spoken with a young man who is desperately trying to find his brother.”
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