Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine

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Pledging humanitarian assistance a handing over ceremony for second consignment of humanitarian assistance for Ukraine was held here today at Nur khan Airbase, Rawalpindi. The consignment including emergency medicines, blankets and food items dispatched to Ukraine through two Pakistan Airforce C-130 aircrafts. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar handed over the relief goods to the Ukrainian ambassador in Pakistan H.E Markian Chuchuk during an official ceremony, attended by officials of NDMA, Foreign Office and Ukrainian Embassy. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that Pakistan highly valued the bilateral relations with Ukraine stretched over the past three decades. She said that government of Pakistan had extended humanitarian assistance in solidarity with Ukrainian people. While expressing deep concern over on-going war in Ukraine, she emphasised that both countries should resolve the matter through dialogue and diplomacy for global peace. The Ukrainian ambassador thanked Pakistan’s leadership for sending humanitarian assistance for the Ukrainian people in the hour of need. He said that Ukraine genuinely considered this assistance – a manifestation of good-will and sympathy from people of Pakistan. Humanitarian assistance will be sent to Ukraine through the Polish capital Warsaw. It is pertinent to mention here that the first tranche of relief goods was sent on 15 March 2022.  Pertinent to mention that according  to the UN refugee agency, ten million people, or about a quarter of the population, have been displaced; of that, nearly four million have fled to neighboring countries, including Hungary, Moldova, and Poland. The United Nations is preparing for up to seven million internally displaced persons and as many as seven million refugees, which would be the largest war-related mass migration since the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. As of March 20, at least 902 civilians have died and 1,459 have been injured, though the actual figures are likely to be much higher.

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