Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Residents take bread as a local humanitarian organization, Good Bread, in Izium, Ukraine, provides handouts on September 20.
Residents take bread as a local humanitarian organization, Good Bread, in Izium, Ukraine, provides handouts on September 20. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has warned that increased military activity in Ukraine will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis and increase displacement.

The IRC’s warning comes after President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Wednesday immediate partial mobilization of Russian citizens in the conflict.

Moscow Will Summon 300,000 Reservists According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, as part of its strategy.

“Russia’s move to mobilize additional armed forces has set the conflict on a new and dangerous path,” IRC Ukraine country director Marisia Japasnik said in a statement.

“A further escalation in fighting is a serious concern for the Ukrainian people – both inside the country and for those who have left.

“Over the past seven months, Ukraine has experienced a desperate spiral in humanitarian devastation; nearly 18 million people need shelter, food and health care and the future looks bleak as winter wears off and the situation worsens. Meanwhile, displacement may increase as more and more people attempt to leave the country in search of security in neighboring countries.”

recent figures The UN refugee agency shows that 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 escalates, Ukraine’s population could face poverty and the vulnerabilities that come with it for years to come,” Japasnik said.

“The only solution is an immediate ceasefire.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a main point of discussion World leaders to gather 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 by video, as he battles war in his country. The assembly on Friday rejected Russian objections to allowing Zelensky to speak virtually.

CNN’s Richard Roth contributed reporting.

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