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MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. A mission of UN experts have made realistic evaluations of the current events in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.
The Foreign Ministry recalled that the UN office in Kiev several days ago held a news briefing for diplomatic missions and international organizations with UN humanitarian coordinator Neal Walker talking part. The briefing followed a recent trip by UN and NGO representatives to Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk.
"The representative of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as well as experts from a number of programs, funds and special offices of the United Nations described the catastrophic situation in eastern Ukraine in very critical terms and stated that the situation continued to deteriorate," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"The UN experts presented a realistic assessment of what has been going on in Ukraine," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "We took note of the UN officials’ determination to try to influence Kiev and to turn the Ukrainian authorities towards the people’s dire need for humanitarian aid.
Humanitarian convoys that Russia has been sending to the war-ravaged Donbas remain the sole lifeline helping local people to survive, the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.
According to the ministry, Russia’s humanitarian convoys to a war-stricken region remain as a matter of fact the sole means of survival for the local people.
"Russia will continue to send humanitarian convoys," the Foreign Ministry said. The next one, due on March 26, will deliver 1,600 tons of cargos.