“The humanitarian situation in the regions controlled by the Kyiv authorities is rapidly deteriorating and approaching critical,” he said at a briefing.

According to the UN Children's Fund, Mizintsev specified, 8.7 million people are starving in Ukraine, 22.8% of children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths discussed by phone the food security and humanitarian situation in the LPR, DPR and Ukraine.