Earlier in the day, Grandi said during a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman that he was planning to visit war-torn areas of east Ukraine, namely the cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, on Tuesday to personally assess the humanitarian situation there.




“The Head of State is hopeful that the visit of the UN High Commissioner to Ukraine will help him assess the complexity of the humanitarian situation in Donbass,” the press service statement read.


Poroshenko also expressed confidence after his meeting with Grandi that his visit to Ukraine will “allow to enhance interaction and cooperation between Ukraine and UNHCR Office,” according to the statement.


The conflict in eastern Ukraine started in April 2014, when Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of what many considered to be a coup. Clashes continue despite an internationally mediated ceasefire.


UN figures estimate the toll of the conflict at over 9,700 dead and over 22,000 injured, with approximately 2.3 million people displaced internally and abroad.