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Good morning, this is Irene. Today we’re following the ICRC president’s five-day mission in Ukraine, where he will promote the inviolability of humanitarian work, protection of civilians, and humane treatment of prisoners of war.

We are also covering the long term impact of the war in Ukraine on the country’s development. Also on our radar is the health crisis in Ethiopia, which the WHO chief has declared the worst in the world.

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Irene Velicer


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The ICRC helping civilians evacuate the city of Sumy on 15 March. The city and its surrounding area have been conflict sites since 24 February. (Credit: ICRC Multimedia Newsroom)

ICRC president arrives in Ukraine for five-day mission. Peter Maurer arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday “to call for greater humanitarian access” and respect for human rights. The visit will allow him to witness the catastrophe first hand and strengthen protection of civilians and those unable to continue fighting, the ICRC said in a statement. He will promote the humane treatment of prisoners of war and told Reuters earlier this month that he was “cautiously positive” about the ICRC being allowed to meet with detainees. Maurer will meet with Ukrainian government members and has open lines of communication with the Russian government. The start of the visit comes a day after the ICRC delivered 200 tons of aid to the country.

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