The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has warned that increased military activity in Ukraine will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis and spur an increase in displacement.
The IRC warning comes after President Vladimir Putin’s statement on Wednesday came out instant partial mobilization of Russian citizens during the conflict.
Moscow will summon 300,000 people to pre-order According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
“Russia’s move to mobilize more armed forces takes the conflict on a new and dangerous path,” Marysia Zapasnik, IRC Ukraine director, said in a statement.
“Further escalation of hostilities is a serious concern for the Ukrainian people – both within the country and those who have already departed.
“Over the past seven months, Ukraine has gone through a desperate spiral into a humanitarian disaster; nearly 18 million people are in need of shelter, food and healthcare and the future looks bleak as winter draws to a close and In the meantime, displacement could soar higher than people trying to leave the country in search of safety in neighboring countries.”
Recent figures According to the UN refugee agency, more than 7.2 million refugees from Ukraine have been recorded across Europe.
“The consequences of the conflict will be long-lasting: if the war deepens and protracts further, the Ukrainian people could face poverty and the trauma that accompanies it for many years to come,” Zapasnik said. said more.
“The only solution is an immediate ceasefire.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a main point of discussion for world leaders gathered in New York City for the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is the only world leader to speak via video as he grapples with the war in his country. The council on Friday rejected Russia’s objection to allowing Zelensky to speak virtual.
CNN’s Richard Roth contributed reporting.