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Russia’s war on Ukraine (UN, Ukraine government, media) (ECHO daily Flash of 20 May 2022)

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  • The UN and humanitarian partners have provided vital humanitarian aid to more than 6.4 million people in Ukraine according to UN OCHA. Over 5.7 million people received food assistance and 1.5 million health-related support from the UN and humanitarian partners since 24 February.
  • Russian forces blocked civilians from leaving occupied areas in southern Ukraine, holding over 1,000 cars with people at their checkpoint in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, not allowing them to either enter Ukrainian-controlled territories or return to the occupied ones, according to the deputy head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Administration.
  • Russian troops fired on fleeing civilians in Kherson Oblast according to the Head of the Regional Military Administration who noted that three people are dead and six wounded due to a Russian attack near the village of Davydiv Brid.
  • 37 people were evacuated from Sievierodonetsk amid heavy shelling, five of whom were children. However, the Luhansk Oblast Governor noted that the evacuation was "beyond difficult" due to Russia's non-stop heavy shelling.
  • The European Commission is also coordinating the delivery of assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to Ukraine, from all 27 Member States and two Participating States. Over 31,000 tonnes of assistance from these countries and items from the rescEU medical stockpile have been delivered to Ukraine via the UCPM logistic hubs in Poland, Romania and Slovakia.