Ukraine crisis: Rebels order UN agencies to leave

  • 9 years ago
The UN humanitarian aid chief has expressed alarm after UN agencies were ordered out of rebel-held parts of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.
Stephen O'Brien said the agencies had been told to leave by Friday, and several international non-governmental organisations by Saturday.
The Luhansk separatists had earlier banned 10 international humanitarian agencies citing "violations".
Pro-Russian rebels seized parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions last year.
Almost 8,000 people have been killed since fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine in April 2014, a month after Russia annexed the southern Crimea peninsula.