The United Nations says that the situation in the southern Ukrainian cities of Mykolaiv and Kherson remains "dire" and "critical." Nearly a quarter of a million people in Mykolaiv alone face a lack of heat, water and power.
UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that Humanitarian Coordinator Denise Brown visited the two southern cities over the weekend. Brown reported that people fleeing Kherson are going to Mykolaiv, according to Dujarric.
"Some heating points have already been established in Mykolaiv to help people who cannot heat their homes. Aid workers are providing supplies and generators to make these places functional," Dujarric said.
In Kherson, "We expect that, with support of the authorities, we will be able to cover the basic needs of people who have stayed in the city, if we are able to sustain the same level of aid sent over the past two weeks."
"The situation with water, heating and electricity, however, remains dire, although the electricity supply is gradually being restored," the spokesman added.
Donors have provided $3.1 billion in humanitarian aid through the UN this year, but Dujarric said continued funding is important to "maintain the moment or the response," especially during winter months.
"We continue to be concerned about the plight of civilians in Ukraine especially as winter sets in. We are working to support people with services and supplies to make sure they can be protected and keep warm during these harsh months," Dujarric said.