Eastern Ukraine has been in a humanitarian crisis since March 2014, when armed conflict erupted between separatists and Ukrainian armed forces. Separatists now control most of eastern Donetsk region, and a small area of southern Luhansk region. 3.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and almost 1.5 million have been displaced. Protection and health are of particular concern in conflict areas, particularly as a large number of older people are affected. Humanitarian access is constrained and has deteriorated in 2017. ?? 

INFORM measures Ukraine's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.4/10. Hazard exposure rating is also very high at 7/10.?

Latest Developments

13/03Food insecurity is deteriorating in Donetsk and Luhansk, an estimated 600,000 elder people living on the non-government controlled areas (NGCA) are particularly affected as continuous insecurity, administrative challenges, and winter conditions make it difficult to cross the contact line into government controlled areas to be able to receive their pensions.

01/02Measles continue to spread in Ukraine, with more than 3,000 suspected cases including five associated deaths.?

Key priorities

  • Delivery of aid  and humanitarian access to the areas along the contact line, where the most pressing needs are being reported.
  • Shelter and NFI assistance in non-government areas, mainly blankets, clothes, and heaters.
  • Protection in non-government areas, along the contact line and IDP reception areas.

Information Gaps and needs

  • Up-to-date information on healthcare availability and access is very limited.
  • Information on needs in Crimea is very limited.
Key documents



Report on the Human Rights Situation in Ukraine



National monitoring system of the situation with IDPs

Human Rights Watch


Studying Under Fire: Attacks on Schools, Military Use of Schools During the Armed Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

Protection Cluster


Protection Cluster, Overview on State Assistance for IDPs

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Socio-economic impact and needs assessement: Donbass, Ukraine

ENN, Global Nutrition Cluster, UNICEF


Nutrition coordination in Ukraine: Experiences as a sub-cluster of health



Housing, Land and Property Rights of Displaced and Conflict-affected Communities in Eastern Ukraine