Humanitarian access disintegrating in Ukraine: MSF.

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Authors: Diana Duong and Lauren Vogel
Date: Apr. 11, 2022
From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 194, Issue 14)
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 837 words
Lexile Measure: 1190L

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Maternity and children's hospitals in ruins. Patients receiving treatment in bunkers and subway stations. Reports of soldiers firing on civilians and sexually assaulting those too frail to flee their homes. Millions displaced. Thousands dead. Food and critical medical supplies dwindling.

More than a month into Russia's invasion of Ukraine, humanitarian needs are escalating, but access to the hardest-hit areas of the country has become impossible.

Alex Wade of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says respect for international humanitarian law appears to be disintegrating. CMAJ reached him in Dnipro, where is he is working with local health systems to maintain medical supply chains.

"We work in conflict zones all over the world and, usually, through our principles of neutrality and impartiality, we are able to negotiate with all parties in a conflict for safe access for humanitarian services and noncombatants who need access to medical care," Wade says.

Not so in Ukraine. "For now, we have not managed to have that access."

The situation is most dire in the besieged southern port city of Mariupol. Repeated attempts to arrange safe passage for the thousands trapped in the city have failed. The United Nations' human rights team has reported evidence of mass graves and is investigating claims that Russian forces have killed...

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