Ukraine War: $100 Billion Infrastructure Damage, Number Growing |

The United Nations Development Program has warned that if the conflict continues – and if more support is not provided to the country quickly – it could destroy nearly two decades of economic progress.

In addition to the terrible development setbacks, the UN agency has made clear that the environment is expected to suffer, while societal inequalities are likely to increase.

peace call

To help prevent these shocks and protect hard-earned development gains,”We need peace now‘,” said UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner.

He insisted that among the agency’s primary goals, UNDP had been working to preserve “important governance structures and services, which are the bedrock of all societies.”

He added: “The war in Ukraine is causing unimaginable human suffering with tragic loss of life and the displacement of millions…More focus must now be given to the alarming economic decline, and the suffering and hardship it will cause to the already traumatized population.” There is still time to stop this gloomy path. “

Early United Nations estimates suggest that Nearly three out of 10 people in Ukraine need life-saving humanitarian assistance. Depending on the current trend of fighting, 18 million people are likely to be affected, and more than seven million may have to flee their homes.

Businesses closed

One out of every two Ukrainian companies has been completely shut downThe UNDP reported, while the other half were forced to work well below their capacity.

As one of the largest UN agencies on the ground in Ukraine, priorities include immediate crisis response and the maintenance of essential government functions to ensure that public services can be maintained.

In a statement, UNDP noted that staff remained employed throughout the conflict and that their presence was enhanced through “targeted” deployments in key areas, such as debris management, damage assessment and emergency livelihood support, including cash-based assistance. .

daily help

Preliminary estimates are that Funding of $250 million per month will be required to cover partial income losses for 2.6 million people who are expected to fall into poverty.

Providing the most vulnerable groups with a basic income of $5.50 per day would cost $430 million per month, the United Nations Development Program said.

Ukraine’s neighbors who have struggled to deal with more than three million refugees created The UN agency also needs help, said the UN agency.

To this end, UNDP is already working with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on resilience and development measures for people displaced by violence, with a focus on supporting refugees and host communities through income generation and employment.

High civilian death toll

The latest confirmed figures for civilian casualties from the United Nations human rights office, OHCHR, indicate that since the start of Russia’s all-out war against Ukraine on February 24, there have been 1,834 civilian casualties in the country – 691 dead and 1,143 wounded. UN agencies warn that the actual numbers – hampered by the inability to confirm numbers due to the fighting – are likely to be much higher.

Among the dead were seven girls and 11 boys, including 135 men and 99 women. 30 children and 409 adults have also died, but their gender has not been determined.

In eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, there were 751 casualties (173 killed, 578 wounded), and in government-controlled territories, 582 casualties (134 dead, 448 wounded).

In the territories controlled by the “republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk, outside the line of contact, the UN Human Rights Office recorded 169 casualties (39 dead, 130 wounded).

In other regions of Ukraine (the city of Kyiv, Cherkassy, ​​Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Sumy, Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk and Zhytomyr), which were under government control when casualties occurred, 1083 victims were recorded (518 killed, 565 wounded) Until March 14th.

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