Statement by the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre

Tuesday, January 31, 2017



Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre is extremely concerned about the intensified hostilities and humanitarian situation observed on the contact line near Avdiivka, Yasynuvata, Makiivka and certain districts of Donetsk during the last few days. There are reports about injured civilians coming every day

For two years the Centre has been helping injured civilians on both sides of the contact line, and it is ready to help with medications now. The Humanitarian Centre's employees contact the victims' relatives every day. If you know the facts of civilian injuries, please call our 24/7 hotline: 0 800 509 001.

This morning Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre decided to redirect the mobile team of volunteers, which was originally sent for aid distribution to Bakhmut, to Avdiivka. 800 food packages for adults and 100 for children were delivered to the tent city of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, equipped with heating units and field kitchen.

The Centre's representative in Avdiivka is in constant contact with the Ministry of Emergency Situations. We are ready to deliver additional aid in the required quantities. Avdiivka is under the threat of humanitarian catastrophe – its heating system is on the verge of freezing. As of 9 am the temperature outside was -22C. The management of Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant, government officials and the Emergencies Ministry are doing their best to save people and the enterprise, as the life of the town depends on it.

Rinat Akhmetov tasked the Humanitarian Centre with directing the available resources to help the civilians caught up in this critical situation.