China News Agency, Beijing, February 25. Comprehensive news: The international community is highly concerned about the humanitarian disaster that may be caused by the situation in Russia and Ukraine. Several international organizations have called for international humanitarian assistance for Ukrainian refugees.

  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on the 24th that the United Nations will immediately allocate $20 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund for urgent humanitarian needs in Ukraine and surrounding areas.

Guterres also called on all parties concerned to abide by international human rights law and international humanitarian law and put the protection of civilians first.

  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Philippe Grandi, issued a statement on the 24th expressing serious concern over the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the ongoing military operations.

  In the statement, Grandi called on all parties concerned to abide by international humanitarian law, protect civilian lives and defend civilian infrastructure at all times.

  The statement added that UNHCR is working with Ukrainian authorities, the United Nations and other partners to stand ready to provide humanitarian assistance if necessary and possible.

The UNHCR also called on the governments of Ukraine's neighbors to keep borders open to people seeking safety and protection.

  "The ICRC will continue to stand with the Ukrainian people, and our teams are working hard to help those in need," Morel, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said in a video statement on the 24th.

  Morell called on all parties to the conflict to respect the rules of war and protect civilians and detainees.

Preserve critical infrastructure that keeps homes, schools and healthcare facilities running.

  Morell stressed that the conflict takes the greatest toll on civilians and all countries must do everything within their power and influence to avoid escalation.

  WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a statement on the 24th, expressing serious concern for the health of the Ukrainian people amid the escalating crisis.

"Health systems must continue to function, providing people with essential services to address health problems."

  Tedros called for peace in Ukraine and continued humanitarian aid.

He also said an additional $3.5 million had been allocated from the WHO's Emergency Response Fund for the purchase and delivery of emergency medical supplies.

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