Red Cross sets up an international humanitarian aid network for Ukraine | world news

BERLIN (Reuters) – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is setting up a logistics hub in Budapest to deliver humanitarian aid to Ukraine after the Russian invasion and is preparing for an influx of refugees, the German Red Cross announced on Friday.

“We are planning a very large operation,” Christof Johnen, head of international cooperation at the German Red Cross, told Reuters, adding that the confusing dynamics of the conflict made planning a response extremely difficult.

“We have information that civilian settlements have also been affected by the fighting. People are not safe, people are trying to hide. In formal shelters, but of course also in informal shelters, in pennies. -floors, etc,” Johnen said.

Trauma treatment supplies are already being sent to Ukraine, but the Red Cross cannot provide water, food or hygiene items on a large scale at the moment because the situation is still too unclear and dangerous. , did he declare.

Johnen said the establishment of reception camps for the refugees was being discussed, but there was still no reliable indication of how many refugees might come.

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Germany offered support for Poland and other eastern European countries facing a possible influx of refugees, and said on Friday the distribution would be coordinated.

UN aid agencies have said Russia’s invasion could cause up to 5 million people to flee abroad.

At least 100,000 people are uprooted in Ukraine after fleeing their homes, while several thousand have already crossed into neighboring countries, including Moldova, Romania and Poland, the spokeswoman for the UN agency for refugees, Shabia Mantoo, at a UN briefing in Geneva.

(Reporting by Alexander Ratz; Writing by Zuzanna Szymanska; Editing by Miranda Murray and Kevin Liffey)

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