Acting Deputy Chief of the United States Mission to the OSCE Gregory Macris said this during the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
"As temperatures fall and winter approaches, we call attention to the fact that Russia’s manufactured conflict in Ukraine has developed into a humanitarian crisis the size of which the continent has not seen in a generation. Estimates are that 3.4 million Ukrainian citizens require humanitarian assistance or protection and over 1.5 million are internally displaced," he said.
This conflict wreaks death and destruction on civilians, regardless of what side of the contact line they are on, the religion they profess, the language they speak, or the political views they hold, the American diplomat noted.
The United States called on all parties to allow affected civilians to have unfettered access to humanitarian aid, government services, and to guard against further civilian losses and damage to critical infrastructure.
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