About: humanitarian disaster

Global Europe 03-05-2022

Russia fires missiles at Odesa, Ukraine sinks two Russian patrol boats

Russia on Monday (2 May) launched a fresh assault on the critical Ukrainian port of Odesa as the United States warned that Moscow was preparing formally to annex embattled regions in the east.
Global Europe 03-05-2022

Ukraine evacuees flee to safety after Mariupol ordeal

The first evacuees from the ruins of Mariupol's Azovstal steel works were expected to arrive in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia later on Monday (2 May) after weeks of cowering from Russian shelling in underground bunkers.
Global Europe 21-04-2022

Ukraine seeks Mariupol evacuation talks after surrender-or-die ultimatum expires

Ukraine proposed talks with Moscow over evacuating troops and civilians from Mariupol after a Russian surrender-or-die ultimatum expired on Wednesday (20 April), leaving many trapped at a steel plant, the last main stronghold of resistance.
Global Europe 17-04-2022

Russia sets deadline for Ukraine troops in Mariupol to surrender

Russia's defence ministry has told the Ukrainian forces still fighting in the besieged southern port of Mariupol to lay down their arms starting 6 a.m. Moscow time (0300 GMT) on Sunday (17 April) to save their lives.
Europe's East 02-04-2022

Kyiv silent on airstrike in Russia, 3,000 flee besieged Mariupol

Ukraine's president refused Friday (1 April) to say whether he had ordered an airstrike on Russian soil, as a bus convoy navigated a tortuous evacuation to help thousands flee the besieged city of Mariupol.
Global Europe 23-03-2022

Zelenskyy sees hope in ‘confrontational’ Russia talks

Talks between Ukraine and Russia are confrontational but moving forward, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Wednesday (23 March), as the West plans to announce more sanctions against the Kremlin amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.
Global Europe 12-03-2022

Russia squeezes Kyiv as ‘unimaginable’ tragedy looms in Ukraine

Russian forces inched towards Kyiv and pounded civilian areas in other Ukrainian cities Friday (11 March), drawing warnings of "unimaginable tragedy" as the United States and the EU moved to tighten the economic noose around the Kremlin.
Europe's East 05-03-2022

Russian law on ‘fake news’ prompts media to halt reporting as websites blocked

Russia blocked Facebook and some other websites and passed a law that gave Moscow much stronger powers to crack down on independent journalism, prompting the BBC, Bloomberg and other foreign media to suspend reporting in the country.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

Taliban hail Oslo meet as success ‘in itself’

On their first visit to Europe since returning to power, the Taliban held landmark talks with Western diplomats in Oslo over the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, a meeting the Islamist regime's delegation called an "achievement in itself".
Global Europe 21-01-2022

EU re-establishing ‘minimal presence’ in Kabul

The European Union on Thursday (20 January) announced it had begun re-establishing a "minimal presence" in Kabul to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
Global Europe 19-01-2022

14 dead as Saudi coalition bombs Yemen after UAE attack

The Saudi-led coalition killed 14 people in air strikes on Yemen's rebel-held capital, a medical source said Tuesday (18 January), after an attack by Huthi insurgents on the United Arab Emirates sent regional tensions soaring.
Global Europe 23-12-2021

US authorizes some transactions with Taliban to keep aid flowing to Afghanistan

The United States formally exempted on Wednesday (22 December) US and UN officials doing permitted business with the Taliban from US sanctions to try to maintain the flow of aid to Afghanistan as it sinks deeper into a humanitarian crisis.
Global Europe 13-10-2021

Taliban meet EU-US delegation, Brussels pledges €1 billion aid

The Taliban held their first face-to-face talks with a joint US-EU delegation Tuesday (12 October) in Qatar, as Brussels pledged one billion euros ($1.2 billion) in aid for Afghanistan.
Global Europe 14-09-2021

Donors pledge $1.1 billion for ‘collapsing’ Afghanistan

Donors have pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger have spiralled since the Islamist Taliban took power, and foreign aid has dried up, raising the spectre of a mass exodus.
Global Europe 03-09-2021

Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban set up government in Kabul

Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud battled in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia seized power, as Taliban leaders in the capital, Kabul, worked to form a government.
Global Europe 02-09-2021

Taliban wrestle with Afghan economy in chaos, humanitarian crisis

Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers struggled to keep the country functioning on Wednesday (1 September) after the final withdrawal of US forces, with foreign donors alarmed about an impending humanitarian crisis.
Global Europe 01-09-2021

Biden says Afghanistan exit marks the end of US nation-building

Facing sharp criticism over the tumultuous US withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden said it was the best available option to end both the United States' longest war and decades of fruitless efforts to remake other countries through military force.
Global Europe 12-05-2021

India’s COVID deaths cross quarter million mark, no sign of peak

India said a record number of people were killed by the coronavirus, pushing its death toll over a quarter million, while a leading virologist said it was too early to say if infections had reached a peak.
Coronavirus 05-05-2021

India posts record daily rise in coronavirus deaths

India’s coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours, a day after it became the second country to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections after the United states.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

Global pledges of help for Covid-stricken India

The European Commission has activated its EU Civil Protection Mechanism and is seeking to send oxygen and medicine to virus-hit India after receiving a request from Delhi. Several Western nations have also pledged help.
Global Europe 23-02-2021

EU envoy warns Ethiopia Tigray crisis ‘out of control’

Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto warned Tuesday (23 February) that the crisis in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region appears "out of control", after visiting the country on behalf of the EU.
Global Europe 04-02-2021

Half of Afghans need humanitarian aid as violence rises: EU commissioner

Half of Afghans need humanitarian aid but rising violence is preventing deliveries, a senior European Union humanitarian official said on Wednesday (3 February), reiterating calls for a ceasefire between the Afghan government and the insurgent Taliban.
EU-Africa 07-12-2020

Insecurity holds up aid to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, aid workers say

Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is too volatile for aid to reach hundreds of thousands of civilians in need, humanitarian workers said on Sunday (6 December), amid reports of persistent fighting, looting and lawlessness.
Global Europe 04-12-2020

EU crisis envoy urges Ethiopia to restore Tigray communications

The European Union’s crisis management commissioner Thursday (3 December) urged the Ethiopian government to restore communications in its northern Tigray region and called on both sides to cease hostilities. “I urge… the Ethiopian authorities to lift the communication blockade,” Janez...