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In Ukraine, Humanitarian Crisis Must Be Prevented| Opinion


American and Russian negotiations should chart a road to peace to avert war.
If Russia were to invade Ukraine, it would lead to a massive humanitarian crisis in eastern Europe. The U.S. and allies must convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops from Ukraine’s border. An estimated 100,000 Russian troops are at the ready to invade Ukraine. “Our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation. We’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said. Pope Francis has called for Jan.26 to be a day of prayer for peace for Ukraine. A diplomatic solution is urgently needed to prevent an escalating child hunger and refugee crisis in Ukraine. Putin’s aggression could threaten the lives of thousands of children, the charity Save the Children warned. “Save the Children is gravely concerned for children who might be caught in the middle of this armed conflict, forced from their homes in sub-zero temperatures, and exposed to injury, hunger and cold. Children must be protected from harm at all times,” Irina Saghoyan, Save the Children’s Eastern Europe director, pleaded. It’s vital we remember that eastern Ukraine is already reeling from years of conflict between the government and Russian backed rebels. Nearly 3 million people in Ukraine need humanitarian assistance right now. This dire situation will get much worse, and even more civilians will be impacted and need aid should Russian troops invade.

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