Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Italy has warned that its staff in the country have no access to medical supplies due to a conflict in Ukraine.
Kapiolanni Medical Center in the northern town of Pavlopil, which has been under the control of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), was the scene of a major conflict in April.KAPI had to abandon its premises in March due to the conflict and was forced to vacate the building, which had a capacity of 50 patients.
The hospital’s director, Dr Marco Girolamo, said the hospital has no control over the situation in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, but said the authorities were “doing everything they can”.
“The situation has not changed at all and we are still working to get everything back to normal,” he said.
In a statement, MSF said that its workers were unable to access medical supplies for some time and that they were “deeply concerned” about the situation at the hospital.
“We urgently ask the Ukrainian authorities to immediately cease any actions that would result in the loss of life and damage to health services, especially for our patients and staff,” the organisation said.
“This is unacceptable for the patients and their families.
We are deeply concerned that a situation which has only become worse has become even worse.”
The Ukrainian government has refused to comment on the conflict at Pavlopsil, although it has repeatedly denied the involvement of pro-Russian separatists.
In an interview with Reuters news agency, President Petro Poroshenko denied involvement in the fighting, saying that it was not his responsibility.
“There is no military operation in Donetsk, not at all,” Poroshenko said.
“The only thing that can be said is that the people in the area are against this conflict.
They are against all armed groups.
We have no control.”